Empowering Families Through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Services
Participants will be able to identify the unique and specialized needs of children and their families and determine appropriate interventions. This panel of maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting professionals will describe two service models used in Idaho, how home visitors work with families, common challenges facing families, successes achieved, and how to access services on behalf of families and their children.
Kristin Bergeson, MPH is a public health dietitian with an interest in connected parenting, infant mental health and using data to tell stories. She served in the WIC Program for more than 15 years in Montana and Idaho. More recently, Kristin has been engaged in Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) in Idaho.
Sandina Begic, Ph.D.
is a social psychologist with an interest in marginalized and underprivileged populations. She is a researcher at the Center for Health Policy at Boise State University, collaborating with local agencies such as the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections on a variety of research and evaluation projects. Recent projects include multiyear evaluations of the Idaho Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) and Clinical Services programs, and research studies on the experience of first-time fathers and job satisfaction, and burnout and retention among professionals working with at-risk populations.
Theodore W. McDonald, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Boise State University. A community psychologist, he works with agencies and organizations serving some of Idaho’s most vulnerable citizens, including at-risk mothers and infants, youth in detention, refugees, and rural residents. He has published a number of articles on his work with these populations, as well as the book Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Refugee Communities: The Importance of Culturally Sensitive Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment. He teaches a variety of classes to both undergraduate and graduate students, many of which are related to mental health.