Moving Beyond Depression Program Expands to Other States
Every Child Succeeds has launched a national initiative to help home visiting programs around the country address maternal depression. This public health problem, affecting up to 250,000 mothers annually, can be devastating to mothers and harmful to their children. Home visiting programs provide a unique setting in which to identify and treat depressed mothers. Derived from NIH-funded research that led to the development and testing of In-Home Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (IH-CBT), Moving Beyond Depression provides state home visiting programs with the training and support needed to help depressed mothers overcome their condition and provide a nurturing environment for their children. In an effort to bring Moving Beyond Depression rapidly to scale, Every Child Succeeds received a grant from The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati to develop a business plan to guide this social entrepreneurial effort. The business plan was created in partnership with Flywheel Cincinnati. It calls for an ambitious schedule of expansion and rapid dissemination to state programs. So far, Moving Beyond Depression has been implemented in Connecticut, Kentucky, Kansas and Massachusetts.
Co-Parenting Study Designed to Engage Fathers
Every Child Succeeds received a grant from the National Institute on Child Health and Development to conduct a clinical trial on an innovative approach to engaging fathers and promoting co-parenting. Most home visitation programs seek to engage fathers in the service and promote greater positive involvement with their children, although systematic and efficacious strategies to achieve this have not yet been developed and tested. Father involvement and mutually supportive relationships between fathers and mothers impart direct benefits to developing children. This study seeks to adapt and test Family Foundations, a co-parenting intervention developed by Mark Feinberg, PhD, at Penn State University. We will examine whether Family Foundations helps fathers be more involved with their children, teaches mothers and fathers skills that assist them in raising their children in a healthy environment, and leads to improved behavioral and emotional adjustment in children.