Community of Practice (COP)

A Community of Practice (CoP) is defined as "a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting on an ongoing basis" (CDC)

A venn diagram  with overlapping values of Domain - Area of shared interest & key issues, Practice - Body of knowledge methods, stories, tools developed, Community - Relationships built through discussion, activities and learning

The IMPACT WV program and the West Virginia Home Visitation program are partnering to launch a series of Communities of Practice (CoP) to help participants exchange technical information and share experiences about a variety of topics related to serving clients currently experiencing or who have past experiences with substance abuse.


Engaging At-Risk Fathers in Home Visiting Services: Effects on Program Retention and Father Involvement
May 4, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Zoom online meeting

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify effective practices to promote father involvement in home visiting
  2. Identify benefits associated with the engagement of fathers

Presented by: Dr. McGinnis and Joe Paté

Dr. McGinnis joined the Center for Human Services Research (CHSR) in 2013. Her research experience includes projects relating to child outcomes, family formation, public health, mental health and substance abuse services, education, and aging. Before coming to CHSR, she spent ten years as a research associate at the Center for Health Workforce Studies in the School of Public Health at the University at Albany. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY.

Joe is the Program Director for the Healthy Families New York Jefferson County program, with a staff of four Family Support Specialists, a Family Resource Specialist, and a Supervisor to provide partnerships with 84 families. He has been with Healthy Families since 2017, and previously worked as a program director in the field of victim services.

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