Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership's mission is to empower first-time mothers living in poverty to successfully change their lives and the lives of their children through evidence-based nurse home visiting. The goals of the Nurse-Family Partnership program are: 1. Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices, including thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diets, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances; 2. Improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care; and 3. Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision fo...
Apr 11, 2013

Your support helps prevent child abuse and neglect

Nurse-Family Partnership - with your support - helps to improve the live of babies and their mothers in many ways; but did you know Nurse-Family Partnership has been proven to reduce child abuse and neglect by 48%? 

Major emphasis is being put on the reduction of child abuse and neglect throughout the United States and just this year so far Colorado Governor Hickenlooper announced that Colorado was improving the front end of Colorado’s child protection system through many areas including new prevention strategies to assist families before they become part of the system.  Nurse-Family Partnership was cited by Hickenlooper as one of the programs identified to enhance collaboration throughout the state. 

In Seattle, City Councilmember Tim Burgess said that by offering help to poor, first-time moms through Nurse-Family Partnership, “we’re going to lower crime, we’ll impact the economic stability of that little family and we’re going to improve education and safety for the children.”

Another example is a quote from child and youth advocate Michael Feigelson talking about violence in our society; "If we want to transform our collective outrage and sadness into hope and make progress on reducing violence in America, we should start with ideas that have produced results and build from there. 

Part of the plan needs to be about changing aspects of the way we support families to raise their children.  This means starting at the beginning.  One example of how to do this is the Nurse Family Partnership, a program that has provided intensive support to first-time at-risk mothers in the United States for over three decades.  The program teaches mothers (and fathers) to avoid behaviors that harm their babies and support them to develop resources and skills to be better parents."

These are just three examples of the many people and communities who are placing a priority on prevention and the outcomes Nurse-Family Partnership has been proven to impact in order to improve the baby's health and wellbeing, reduce costs to communities and strengthen families.

Thank you for your support!

Apr 11, 2013

There is a reason why we use nurses in our program

Your support of Nurse-Family Partnership makes a difference in the lives of vulnerable families - but what about the nurses who deliver the program to these families - what do they think about Nurse-Family Partnership and their role?

Rosalyn McCollum-Benoit is a nurse home visitor for Nurse-Family Partnership at the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic; she has been visitong low-income, first-time moms and their babies since 2008.

“It has been the most rewarding career opportunity that I have had in my 18 years of nursing,” said Benoit, who has a bachelor of science in nursing as well as an M.B.A. “The Nurse Family Partnership not only allows you to impact the lives of new moms and their families but you are also given the opportunity to assist in creating the foundation of their parenting.”

“Typically patient education for new mothers is about 10 minutes in the physician’s office or prior to hospital discharge,” she continued. “But the Nurse Family Partnership NFP allows you over two years to effectively elevate the outcomes of your teaching.”

Public health nurses are the backbone of Nurse-Family Partnership's success. Since the program’s beginning, nurses have been instrumental in shaping and delivering this evidence-based, community health program. Because of their specialized knowledge, the public health nurses who deliver the Nurse-Family Partnership program in their communities establish trusted relationships with young, at-risk mothers during home visits, providing guidance for the emotional, social, and physical challenges these first-time moms face as they prepare to become parents. But most importantly, Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitors make a measurable, long-lasting difference in the lives of their clients.

“Yes, it's a hard job. But we love it because we know it's a valuable one. We don't take lightly the fact that we're working directly with people's lives. We know we have a hand in the future.” – Christina Baker Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitor.

Thank you for your role in getting these nurses into more homes of vulnerable families!

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Jan 9, 2013

Using Data to Solve the World's Problems

While 90% of individual donors say that nonprofit performance is important when choosing to allocate funds, only
30% actually research to find the most effective nonprofit when giving money, according to a survey by GuideStar and Hope Consulting.  Read more in the attached article from Time.com, ‘How Nonprofits Can Use Data to Solve the World’s Problems’ by Victor Luckerson. 

This article also describes how Nurse-Family Partnership uses the data our nurses collect to make the program better for their communities and the families they serve.  Your support has helped Nurse-Family Partnership better support more and more families across the United States through delivering a proven and effective program as well as  one that is informed by the data.

Nurse-Family Partnership could not be as strong without your support and advocacy of our program; as Victor Luckerson writes in the attached article, ‘Though Nurse-Family Partnerships is decades old, their sophisticated, data-focused model seems poised to become the standard for how a non-profit should operate in the 21st century.’

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