Training for Home Visitors
MCFHV offers a foundational training series to provide home visitors with the knowledge needed to recognize how institutional racism and personal biases appear in their work with families and impacts maternal and child health outcomes. Participants will learn strategies to interrupt their biases and will be supplied with the language and resources to speak with their families about their cultural needs, race, and the development of their child’s cultural identity.
These learning cohorts are offered in 4 regions around the state (Bemidji, St. Cloud, Mankato, & Twin Cities Metro Area) and will meet every month, in-person, to learn how bias and racism in the home visiting field impacts:
August: Maternal Health & the Birthing Process
September: Parent-Child Attachment
October: Child Growth & Development
November: Change Management Strategies
Research clearly links maternal health and birth outcomes to bias and racism, and home visitors have a unique opportunity to improve health outcomes and relationships between home visitors and families during pregnancy and postpartum. Trusted relationships are a protective factor that can improve health outcomes by reducing stress and uncertainty during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period.
Participating in these trainings may count towards social work & nursing continuing education credits.
The Minnesota Department of Health Family Home Visiting program offers access to and information on a variety of training and professional development opportunities and related resources.