Request for Information (RFI) on Opportunities for Promoting Cardiovascular Health of Mothers and Children through Evidence-based Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs NIH Office of Extramural Research Logo

Request for Information (RFI) on Opportunities for Promoting Cardiovascular Health of Mothers and Children through Evidence-based Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs

Purpose

This Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit ideas on opportunities for promoting cardiovascular health of mothers and children through evidence-based maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting programs.

Background

In 2016, NHLBI published its Strategic Vision with overarching goals and strategic objectives that provided a general blueprint on novel ways to address critical challenges and questions (e.g., related to health promotion, social determinants of health, health inequities, and resilience). The NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS) identified six scientific focus areas that demonstrate a cross-cutting and multifaceted approach to implementing the strategic vision as it relates to cardiovascular sciences. These are social determinants of health, resilience, promoting cardiovascular health, heart failure, vascular dementia and hypertension. More information on the six areas are available here: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.118.314338.

This Request for Information (RFI) seeks input on opportunities for promoting cardiovascular health and reducing cardiovascular health disparities in mothers and children in vulnerable and diverse populations through home visiting. Workshop reports related to this topic are available on the NHLBI webpage:

Research suggests that the development of risk factors for cardiovascular disease begins at pre-pregnancy and in utero and progresses from infancy through childhood and adolescence into adulthood (1, 2). The loss of cardiovascular health from birth through adulthood is accelerated by adverse clinical cardiovascular outcomes that are influenced by negative risk factors (3, 4) such as poor health behaviors including poor diet and physical activity patterns, sedentary behaviors, excessive weight gain, exposures to tobacco and other substances, adverse childhood experiences, poverty, and social environmental determinants of health including poor access to and utilization of health services. Research on early childhood home visiting models has demonstrated evidence for early intervention services that disrupt negative outcomes for families at risk including first-time parents, low-income parents, single or teen parents, and parents with substance abuse or addictions, or mental health issues such as maternal depression (5,6). However, research gaps remain in understanding whether and how home visiting programs improve cardiovascular health of mothers and children.

Information Requested

Information is requested from the research community, state, tribal, and local government agencies, health care professionals, evidence-based home visiting model developers, early intervention providers, representatives of health and/or home visiting advocacy organizations, members of scientific or professional organizations, community-based organizations, or other interested stakeholders on the categories below. Responses may include but are not limited to the following categories:

Intervention Implementation Needs

Measurement needs

Identifying research questions and existing entities

See Guide Notice for more information.

To ensure consideration, responses must be submitted by: February 7, 2020 11:59:59 PM EDT

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Notes

Responses must be received by 23:59 (EST) on February 7, 2020. The suggested response length is up to 1000 words.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary. Do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, trade secret, or sensitive information in your response. The responses will be reviewed by NIH staff, and individual feedback will not be provided to any responder. The Government will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion. The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public NIH websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Charlotte A. Pratt, Ph.D.
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Email: nhlbi_enrich@nhlbi.nih.gov

Brian Kit, M.D.
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Email: nhlbi_enrich@nhlbi.nih.gov





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