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     WHEREAS, a healthy home is imperative for families of newborns throughout the State; and


     WHEREAS, positive experiences in early childhood can promote child health and development; and


     WHEREAS, home visiting programs provide individually tailored support, resources, and information to expectant parents and families with young children; and


     WHEREAS, in-home support is especially important for families at risk of child maltreatment and neglect; and


     WHEREAS, home visiting services address the risk of child abuse by fostering family functioning, promoting child health and development, enhancing positive parenting skills, and linking parents to community resources including health and mental health services, early childhood education, childcare, family literacy, employment, and social services; and


     WHEREAS, Hawaii's home visiting program, run by the Department of Health, is the State's primary home visiting child abuse prevention program; and


     WHEREAS, Hawaii's home visiting program was previously a statewide model but, due to budget restrictions, home visitation services were reduced to one site in Leeward Oahu and one site in Hilo on the Island of Hawaii; and


     WHEREAS, despite these budget cuts, the home visiting program remains of vital importance to at-risk families; and


     WHEREAS, in 2017, the home visiting program conducted nearly 11,000 home visits, reaching 128 pregnant women, 712 parents and guardians, and 801 children in 840 households; and


     WHEREAS, in 2018, the Department of Health received a highly competitive Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration; and


     WHEREAS, the Department of Health projects that during the current two year grant period, from October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2020, the combination of federal and state funding will allow the Department to reach more than 1,700 participants through the home visiting program; and


     WHEREAS, the benefits of the home visiting program were recently noted in a longitudinal study of the program conducted by Johns Hopkins University, where the ten year outcomes revealed substantial benefits for a key subset of targeted families, extended across a range of health, parenting, and child development outcomes; and


     WHEREAS, the findings from the Johns Hopkins researchers are of great relevance for future home visiting program development and research and also emphasize the need to continue, expand, and improve the home visiting program; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Thirtieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2019, that the Department of Health is urged to continue expanding and improving its home visiting program, including reinstatement of a statewide network of home visiting services; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Health.

Report Title: 

Department of Health; Hawaii Healthy Start Program; Child Abuse Prevention