Development of a paraprofessional home visiting program for low-income mothers and infants

Am J Prev Med. 1991 Jul-Aug;7(4):204-7.


This article reports the development of a paraprofessional home visiting program based upon empirically documented client needs, maintenance of the qualities of mutuality and cooperation found in the indigenous paraprofessionals, and methods of ongoing program revision. Three studies are described that suggested four areas of program emphasis: (1) continuity of services from pregnancy through infancy, (2) needs assessment procedures sensitive to a broad range of health and social problems, (3) an ongoing personal relationship with an indigenous paraprofessional, and (4) reduction of barriers to prenatal care inherent in the health care system itself. We provide examples of program application and revision through training of paraprofessionals, case management procedures, and interventions within the perinatal health care system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Community Health Workers / statistics & numerical data*
  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Female
  • Health Services, Indigenous / organization & administration
  • Home Care Services / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Care / organization & administration*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Michigan
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Poverty
  • Prenatal Care / organization & administration*
  • Workforce