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Iowa’s Virtual Home Visiting System Connects Families to Resources

Sep 20, 2016

Features of Iowa's new program include interactive learning games, self-assessments, evidence-based videos and articles, action plans and goal tracking, community chat boards, and expert forums.

All parents can benefit from high-quality evidence-based information to support them while pregnant and raising small children. To meet this need, the Iowa Department of Health (IDH) created Parentivity, an online interactive home visiting system that connects parents with a rich library of resources available in English and Spanish. The system uses data to identify early warning signs and deliver personalized content to parents to reduce family risks and optimize resilience. Features include interactive learning games, self-assessments, evidence-based videos and articles, action plans and goal tracking, community chat boards, and expert forums. Parentivity is funded through Iowa’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting grant to extend and expand the reach of IDH’s maternal health and family home visiting services.

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