Training and Technical Assistance
High quality, accessible training and technical assistance are fundamental to the success of MIHOW. Connections established within the MIHOW network nurture a crucial interchange of moral support and technical expertise across sites. In order to bolster effectiveness of the services, as well as the long-term financial sustainability of the programs, MIHOW offers extensive, high quality training and technical support.
- Annual Conference - Each year, site leaders and outreach workers come together for three days of participatory workshops, networking opportunities, and team building activities.
- Biennial Site Leaders' Meeting - Site leaders gather every other year for networking, reflecting, planning, evaluating, and training on program management.
- Regional Training - MIHOW's Regional Consultants coordinate three annual trainings per region, and provide individual site consultation on program management.
- New site assistance - Staff from Vanderbilt University and the Regional Consultants work closely with local staff in the early months on recruitment, training, and supervision of outreach workers, on case management issues and networking with other social service agencies.
- Ongoing assistance - Ongoing technical support includes monitoring site progress via site visits, phone calls, meetings, providing additional training, and serving as an advisor as problems arise.
- Evaluation - MIHOW's evaluation system provides a flexible, user-friendly approach to monitoring program progress and outcomes. The system documents MIHOW impact on maternal and child health and development, identifies effective program elements and areas needing improvement, and provides analysis by site, state, and region.