[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 46 (Wednesday, March 9, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Page 12978]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5508]



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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration

Administration for Children and Families


Advisory Committee on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood 
Home Visiting Program Evaluation; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby 
given of the following meeting:
    Name: Advisory Committee on the Maternal, Infant and Early 
Childhood Home Visiting Program Evaluation.
    Date and Time: March 23, 2011, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EST.
    Place: Webinar.
    The Advisory Committee on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood 
Home Visiting Program Evaluation will meet for its first session on 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST. The general 
public can join the meeting via webinar by logging onto http://www.mchcom.com/LiveWebcastDetail.asp?leid=469, clicking on the 
``Register now'' button, and then following the instructions. 
Participants should launch the webinar no later than 8:40 a.m. EST in 
order for the logistics to be established for participation in the 
call. If there are technical problems gaining access to the call, 
please click on the ``Report a technical problem/request help'' link 
associated with the registration page: http://www.mchcom.com/LiveWebcastDetail.asp?leid=469.
    Meeting Registration: General public participants are asked to 
register for the conference by going to the registration Web site at 
http://www.mchcom.com/LiveWebcastDetail.asp?leid=469.
    Special Accommodations: Attendees requiring special accommodations 
such as large print materials or additional special accommodations may 
make comments when registering at the online Web site by clicking on 
the ``Report a technical problem/request help'' link associated with 
the registration page: http://www.mchcom.com/LiveWebcastDetail.asp?leid=469.
    Agenda: The meeting will include: (1) Welcoming remarks and 
presentation of the charge for the Committee, (2) introduction of 
Committee members, (3) a presentation of the Maternal, Infant and Early 
Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, and (4) a presentation and 
discussion of the goals, challenges, and options for the design of the 
national evaluation of the MIECHV program. Agenda items are subject to 
change as priorities dictate.
    Public Comments: Members of the public may submit written comments 
that will be distributed to Committee members prior to the conference 
call. Written comments must be received by Monday, March 21, 2011, for 
consideration. Comments can be submitted using the email link on the 
registration page: http://www.mchcom.com/LiveWebcastDetail.asp?leid=469.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any person interested in obtaining 
other relevant information can contact Ms. Billie Butler, Maternal and 
Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration; e-
mail: bbutler@hrsa.gov; telephone: (301) 443-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committee on the Maternal, 
Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Evaluation is 
authorized by subsection 511(g)(1) of Title V of the Social Security 
Act (42 U.S.C. 701 et seq.) as amended by section 2951 of the Patient 
Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-148) 
(Affordable Care Act). The purpose of the Committee is to advise the 
Secretary of Health and Human Services on the design, plan, progress, 
and findings of the evaluation required for the home visiting program 
under the Affordable Care Act. More specifically, the Committee is to 
review, and make recommendations on, the design and plan for this 
evaluation; maintain and advise the Secretary regarding the progress of 
the evaluation; and comment, if the Committee so desires, on the report 
submitted to Congress under subsection 511(g)(3) of Title V.
    The study design options for this national evaluation will be 
formally presented to the Committee for review. The Administration for 
Children and Families (ACF) has contracted with MDRC, formerly known as 
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan 
education and social policy research organization, to develop the 
design options for the evaluation of the home visiting program.
    As specified in the legislation, the evaluation will provide a 
state-by-state analysis of the needs assessments and the States' 
actions in response to the assessments. Additionally, as specified in 
the legislation, the evaluation will provide an assessment of: (a) The 
effect of early childhood home visiting programs on outcomes for 
parents, children, and communities with respect to domains specified in 
the Affordable Care Act (such as maternal and child health status, 
school readiness, and domestic violence, among others); (b) the 
effectiveness of such programs on different populations, including the 
extent to which the ability to improve participant outcomes varies 
across programs and populations; and (c) the potential for the 
activities conducted under such programs, if scaled broadly, to enhance 
health care practices, eliminate health disparities, improve health 
care system quality, and reduce costs.

    Dated: March 4, 2011.
Mary K. Wakefield,
Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration.
    Dated: March 4, 2011.
Mark Greenberg,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Administration for Children and 
Families.
[FR Doc. 2011-5508 Filed 3-7-11; 4:15 pm]
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