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Babies First! and CaCoon Manual (2024)

Babies First! and CaCoon Manual (2024)

Welcome to the Babies First! and CaCoon Home Visitor Manual. This online manual is you resource for program implementation. Each chapter, when clicked, opens to a table of contents. When you click on an area, it will open the chapter in a new tab, and will jump to the item you chose. Below the table of contents of each chapter, there is a link for a printable PDF of the chapter.*

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*Please note, the PDF's are for printing purposes, so the hyperlinks in them will not work. They only work when using the online version of the manual. 

    F​oundations of Public Health Nurse Home Visiting

    1. Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Practices

      • ​Hopeful Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE) 

    2. Family-Led and Family-Centered 

      • Family Engagement

      • Motivational Interviewing/Behavior-Change/Assessment of Readiness to Change

    3. ​​Care Coordination

    4. Relationship-Based Care and Infant Mental Health

    5. Trauma-Informed 

    6. Equity and Inclusion

      • ​​Cultural Responsiveness and Creating Cultural Safety

    7. Reflective Practice

      • Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN)

      • Reflective Supervision​​​

    Babies First! and CaCoon Program Overview 

    1. Logic Model 

    • Babies First!

    • CaCoon (coming soon)

    2. Program Objectives 

    • Babies First!

    • CaCoon

    3. Eligibility Criteria 

    • Babies First!

    • CaCoon

    4. Roles

    • Administrator 

    • Supervisor 

    • Nurse 

    • Community Health Worker 

    • Support/Clerical Staff ​

    5.  Program Administration

    ​     Meetings 

    • Case Conferencing 

    • Reflective Supervision 

    • Team Meetings

    6. Documentation 

      • Medical Record

      • THEO

      • TCM

    7. Policies
        State Program Reviews:

      • OHA – Triennial Review

        • Include Report

      • OCCYSHN – End of Year Report

    6. Recruitment and enrollment of clients

    7. Caseload Requirements/Recommendations 

    Chapter 5: Printable PDF

    Services and Program Activities 


    1. Visit Schedule

    • Initial Home Visit

    • Routine Visits

    • Final Home Visit- Case Closure

    2. Routine Visit Structure

    • Pre-Meeting Check-in

    • Check-in Soft Opening

    3. Key Activities:

    • Assessments

    • Education

    • Advocacy

    • Family-Leading

    • Wrap Up​

    4. Activity Tables by Population

    • Prenatal 

    • Postpartum (up to one year post birth)

    • Newborn (under 1)

    • Young Child (1-5 years of age)

    • Child/Youth (5-21 years of age)

    • Caregiver 

    • Community

    5. Considerations for CaCoon or clients with disabilities and/or special health care needs

    • Home Visitor Knowledge/skills related to those with disabilities and/or special health care needs

    • Medical Home

    • Cross Systems Care Coordination 

    • Shared Care Planning  

    • Transition Planning/Support