Health and Community Services Department
NURSE FAMILY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
Nurse-Family Partnership is a nationally recognized program aimed to improve birth outcomes for low-income women. Through this program, first-time moms are provided with the skills, support and knowledge they need to become effective parents.
If you are about to become a first-time mom and would like more information about the Nurse Family Partnership program, please call 373-5067.
Nurse-Family Partnership is a voluntary prevention program providing nurse home visitation services to low income, first-time mothers in the area. Specially trained nurses begin services early in pregnancy and continue visitation through the child's second year. Nurses provide support, education and counseling on health, behavioral, self-sufficiency, and parenting issues as they work with the mother towards:
- having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
- becoming a better parent
- building a strong network of support
- making the home child-friendly and safe
- obtaining referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and other support services available in the community
- seeking educational opportunities and develop job skills
Partners in this effort, making up the Nurse-Family Partnership Community Coalition, include Healthy Futures, the Great Start Collaborative, Bronson and Borgess Hospitals, The Family Health Center, Greater Kalamazoo United Way, Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services, and the ISAAC Education Task Force.
To visit the national Nurse Family Partnership website, click here.
For area data and statistics, click here.
To view an interview with representatives from the Nurse Family Partnership Coalition, click here.