Study Staff (L-R): Joselyn Hernandez, Sulma Lazo de Paz, Carolina Abrigo, Anais Riggs,and Tonya Elkins Thank you to Catholic Charities staff for providing high quality services in accordance with the MIHOW model.
How was the study set up? – The Logistics
Vanderbilt University partnered with Catholic Charities of Middle Tennessee to conduct a randomized control trial to find out how well the MIHOW model works with Hispanic families. Study recruitment began in summer of 2015 and the last family finished services in September 2016. Study staff recruited 188 Hispanic pregnant women in the Nashville area to participate. They were assigned to either receive
(1) only educational packets or (2) educational packets and the MIHOW intervention (home visits and group opportunities).
The study tracked families through pregnancy and until the child turned 6 months old. Data was collected at 5 time points: enrollment, prenatally (35 weeks) and then 2 weeks, 2 months, and 6 months postpartum. The data collector did not know which families were receiving the MIHOW intervention.