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Vermont Resources
Home Visiting Law 

In 2013, Act 66 – the Vermont Home Visiting Law – was passed, and on December 1, 2023, the accompanying Rule was updated and approved. 

The Vermont Home Visiting Manual was also created and recently updated to provide guidance and best practices for all family and early childhood home visiting service providers and home visitors in Vermont.

One Key Question Would you like to become pregnant in the next year? Provider and patient tools to help you integrate evidence-based preconception and contraceptive care into your practice.
Planned Parenthood Health Centers in Vermont Information on health centers in Vermont, locations, hours and services.
Smoking and Pregnancy Information on 802 Quits, Vermont’s evidenced-based program to help people quit smoking.  
Dental Health and Pregnancy Information on oral health programs for pregnant people in Vermont.
Help Me Grow Universal referral online platform providing support and education to parents, caregivers and health care professionals on child development and community supports. Providers can also make a direct referral by completing an online referral form. 
Parent Child Centers A network of 15 centers that help families get their children off to a healthy start. Services may include early childhood services, home visits to families with young children, playgroups, parent education, parent support, and information and referral. 
Adolescent Sexual Health Education and resources for teens, parents, educators, and providers promoting adolescent sexual health.
Office of Local Health  Reach out to your local Maternal and Child Health Coordinator and WIC to connect with resources in your community.  
WIC WIC is a nutrition program for pregnant and new parents and families with children under 5 – nutrition education, healthy foods, breastfeeding support, and referrals. Make a WIC online referral


Strong Families VT

Vermont has free nursing and trained family support professionals for eligible pregnant and parenting families in every region to support family health and child development.

Strong Families Vermont Nurse Home Visiting Program (MECSH)Information about Vermont’s home visiting program, developed from Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home Visiting Program Home-Visiting (MECSH) model. The program is offered statewide and referrals to Strong Families VT are made through the CIS regional coordinator or the regional Home Health Agency. For a closer look at the impact of the Strong Families VT Nurse Home Visiting Program check out the MECSH Triennial Report and the VT MIECHV Fact Sheet.
Strong Families Vermont Family Support Home Visiting (PAT) Home visiting program that promotes early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. Referrals to PAT are made through the CIS regional coordinator.
Children’s Integrated Services (CIS)  Early intervention, family support, and prevention services to help ensure the healthy development and wellbeing of children, pre-birth to age 5.
Head Start and Early Head Start (HS and EHS) Head Start (HS) programs operate locally to help young children from low-income families prepare to succeed in school, promoting children’s development through early learning, health, and family well-being. Referrals can be made through contact with local HS and EHS programs. Learn more about the Vermont Head Start service areas


Guidelines, Recommendations and Training
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Reproductive Health National Training Center (RHNTC)  Training to build capacity for promoting women’s health and improving maternal health outcomes through preconception health services and fertility/infertility prevention. 
Quality Family Planning   Recommendations for use by all reproductive health and primary care providers with patients who are in need of services related to preventing or for achieving pregnancy. 
Reproductive Coercion   ACOG Committee Opinion on reproductive and sexual coercion.  
Beyond the Pill  Research, training and tools for providers to learn more about contraceptive care.   
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England  Education and resources to share with your patients.  
Reproductive Health Access Project  Training and supports for primary care clinicians to ensure equitable access to sexual and reproductive health care. 
Pregnancy: Before, During and After  Information from CDC on preventing or planning pregnancy, and ways to ensure healthy pregnancy development. 
Before, Between and Beyond Pregnancy  Resource on preconception care. Includes short interactive modules and a provider toolkit to help primary care providers, their colleagues and their practices incorporate preconception health into the routine care of individuals of childbearing age. 
Folic Acid  Information and recommendations around folic acid in pregnancy.  
During Pregnancy  Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on staying healthy in pregnancy. 
Tools and Resources on Annual Well-Women’s Care  Up to date information from ACOG on well-woman healthcare. 
Bedsider for Providers   Educational tools for patients and articles on what is happening in the reproductive health world.
Order materials  Materials from NIH on pregnancy and maternal mental health. Available in English and Spanish.  


Mobile Apps
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Quality Family Planning   Recommendations of the CDC and US Office of Population Affairs 
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The U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use   Recommendations for the use of specific contraceptive methods by patients who have certain characteristics or medical conditions.
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National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health  Tool for the well-woman visit. With a special focus on STD screening and expanded section on cardiovascular risk assessment, the app compiles the most commonly used clinical guidelines from multiple sources into a single tool. 
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