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Community Maternal Child Home Visiting Program

Parents as Teachers (PAT)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe adapted the Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visitation model to develop the infrastructure within the Tribe to foster healthy, safe, and self‐sufficient families.

"The goal of the Community Maternal Child Home Visiting Program is to develop the infrastructure within the Yerington Paiute Tribe to foster healthy, safe, and self‐sufficient families by implementing a home visiting model adapted to the cultural needs of the community. PAT model has already been used extensively by Tribal organizations. The curriculum was developed to provide a strong foundation through the required first eight sessions, with the flexibility to individualize the subsequent session by pre-planning each meeting with the parent to ensure that the family's needs are addressed by the program. In this way, cultural materials can be included by the parent educator as appropriate. Some of the key adaptions include cultural education, smudging, Paiute language component, cultural foods, and Paiute medicine. The other aspect of PAT that allows for cultural adaption is the monthly Group Connections. Social activities and connections are an important component of the Tribal community. The monthly Group Connections meeting schedule provides a valuable service to families, including opportunities for networking and mutual support. The structure of the monthly groups will be determined by participants, and may include traditional activities such as crafts, storytelling, and language. This forum will also serve as a resource for the families to learn of other recreational or traditional events in which they will be encouraged to participate."

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Holly Ditzler, Home Visitation Program Coordinator 

171 Campbell Lane

Yerington, Nevada 89447

(775) 463-3755 Ext 370

(775) 400-0447

Tribally adapted
  • Child
  • Family
  • Child disability
  • Child temperament or behavior
  • Lack of access to prenatal support/Lack of social or parental pregnancy support
  • Access to health and social services
  • Attachment to parent(s)
  • Family functioning
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Positive school environment
  • Positive social connection and support
  • Social and emotional competence
  • Community food/good nutrition
  • Connecting with cultural resources
  • Cultural community gatherings
  • Cultural identity/sense of belonging to cultural group
  • Cultural teachings
  • Education
  • Expressing Native identity
  • Increasing coping skills
  • Native language
  • Spiritual practice/knowledge/ceremony
  • Support (family, friends, community)/interdependence
  • Traditional foods/subsistence
  • Traditional healing practices