Nebraska Incorporates iPad Technology in MIECHV Home Visits
The Nebraska Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (N-MIECHV) programs in Nebraska, including the Nebraska Panhandle region, metro areas of Lincoln and Omaha, rural counties in both northeast and southeast Nebraska serve more than 200 at-risk families in 21 counties, following the Healthy Families America model for home visiting.
Due to the challenges in access to families, such as remote locations or refugee families that Nebraskas MIECHV team works with, the use of iPads and mobile hot-spots make tools and resources immediately available to families and home visitors alike. Home visitors use iPads during home visits to engage families, enter data in real-time, conduct assessments and provide immediate follow up, create teaching opportunities on the spot, and connect families to other services. Assessments monitoring for depression, screenings for drug and alcohol use and reviewing progress toward development milestones are done entirely on iPads. Because assessments are entered directly onto iPads, home visitors can share information on resources and progress in real time. In order to support staff in effective use of iPads, all home visiting staff participate in an orientation and training session in order to optimize iPad use.
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