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Home Visitor Professional Well-Being: What It Is and Why It Matters

Project: Supporting and Strengthening the Home Visiting Workforce

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Like many fields, home visiting increasingly recognizes the potential connection between outcomes and the well-being of its workforce.

cover of home visitor pwb reportThis report seeks to move the dial on how to support and strengthen professional well-being in home visiting. It summarizes relevant research and materials in home visiting and related fields to gauge current understanding and notable gaps. For example:

  • Most studies focus on common workforce concerns, such as burnout and turnover, rather than defining or examining professional well-being in all its dimensions.
  • Most of the literature highlights correlation, rather than causation, between workplace factors and outcomes.
  • No measures were designed to assess aspects of professional well-being in the home visiting context.
  • Materials center on stress management rather than structural, organizational, or systemic approaches for promoting professional well-being.

The authors also developed a conceptual model of professional well-being within the complex home visiting system. The model includes five key drivers of dimensions hypothesized to influence outcomes at the home visitor, program, family, and child levels.