Officially launched in 2012, the LA County Perinatal and Early Childhood Home Visitation Consortium (the “Consortium”) evolved out of a Perinatal Home Visitation Advisory Committee that had been convened in 2010 by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Programs to provide direction for the LA County home visitation and early childhood agencies as they pursued application for federal funding that had been made available as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Through the ACA, the federal government created the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) grant program to invest $1.5 billion in quality home visiting programs, and has extended this investment twice since 2010.
Participating agencies in the Advisory Committee recognized the value of and need for a body that could give voice to important issues, advocate on behalf of collective concerns, and work together to develop needed cross‐county data tracking mechanisms and peer resources in support of high quality services. With the sponsorship of First 5 LA and the co‐leadership of DPH and Los Angeles Best Babies Network, the Consortium was born.
In 2014, the Consortium commenced a full strategic planning process in order to solidify members’ common vision and create measurable, actionable goals to focus its work in the coming years. The eight-month process resulted in the development of a Consortium Charter and five-year Strategic Plan, detailing a cohesive Mission, Vision, Goals, Objectives, and Metrics:
The Mission of the Consortium is to coordinate, measure and advocate for high-quality, home-based support to strengthen all expectant and parenting families so that the children of Los Angeles County are healthy, safe and ready to learn.
Our membership’s vision is that LA County children will be healthy, safe and thriving, their families will be supported, connected, resilient, and self-sufficient, and that our communities will be strengthened for generations to come.
Bearing this Mission and Vision in mind, the Consortium developed five-year Strategic Goals:
- Build working referral pathways among programs.
- Promote well-trained and supported home visitors.
- Collect data to understand, support and demonstrate collective impact.
- Elevate, promote and advocate for quality home visiting.
- Increase funding and partnerships.
- Self-govern effectively and impactfully.
The full Strategic Plan and Charter, which details the Consortium’s organization, governance, expectations of members, and the four topical Workgroups created to meet the five-year Strategic Goals are available here.