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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Services, Health, Health (General & Financing), Public Health

Mission: 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.

Results: The Nurse-Family Partnership® program is based on the pioneering work of Dr. David Olds. In the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program, a registered nurse provides a first-time mom living in poverty with home visits throughout pregnancy until the child’s second birthday. The NFP nurse becomes a trusted resource to help the young mother have a healthy pregnancy, improve her child’s health and development, and achieve economic self-sufficiency for her family. There is more than 30 years of proven evidence from randomized, controlled trials – the most rigorous research method for measuring the effectiveness of an intervention. The following outcomes have been observed among participants in at least one of the trials of the program: -Improved health and development: 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect. -Improved pregnancy outcomes: 79% reduction in preterm delivery for women who smoke, and reductions in high-risk pregnancies as a result of greater intervals between first and subsequent births. -Reduction in juvenile crime: 59% reduction in child arrests at age 15. -Increase in children's school readiness: 67% reduction in behavioral/intellectual problems at age six. -Increased economic self-sufficiency: 83% increase in labor force participation by the mother by the child’s fourth birthday. NFP continues to measure the program’s effectiveness of each program by collecting data on the outcomes achieved by the moms enrolled in the program. These outcomes are tracked to ensure local delivery of the Nurse-Family Partnership is making a measurable difference in the lives of the families we serve. It’s a true high-impact investment -- not only for the mom, but for her child and the community. Independent research shows a community’s return-on-investment can be over five dollars for every dollar invested in Nurse-Family Partnership. The research is clear -- investing early in a child’s health through Nurse-Family Partnership improves the child’s development and opportunities for success later in life.

Target demographics: Women living in poverty pregnant with their first child.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 26,000 families in 43 states.

Geographic areas served: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY, US Virgin Islands

Programs: Improving pregnancy outcomes, improving child health and development and improving the economic self-sufficiency of the families we serve.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not be half of the mother that I am today without NFP. It is a huge advantage for those that need it (as I did). The resources that they provide, combined with the Nurses caring for their clients like family is SO incredibly important in breaking the cycles of not only poverty but abuse and neglect as well! This is an amazing organization!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nurse Family Partnership has been a great help to me. They help teen moms get ready and prepare for the new beginning as a first time mom, they talk to you, give you advise on what to exect as a new mommy. Having someone that I can talk to and express I felt during my pregnancy was really awesome! I got to learn many things I did not know about and I really felt the guide. Best of all, they are very supportive nd friendly.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was one of the original " teen moms " that helped pilot the program. I was seventeen and pregnant with my first child. Because of their support and counciling, I sought prenatal care and learned about breast feeding . I stayed in school and felt so encouraged I waited eight years to have another baby. I waited because I wanted to be just like the great nurses who cared for me and my daughter. They gave me a chance to dream and taught me I didn't have to be a statistic . I graduated from collage in the top ten of my nursing class with my BSN. I am now a labor, delivery, and postpartum nurse getting to teach young mothers the same encouraging messages I was taught and give them the same nonjudgmental support I received. As a result Of nurse family partnership I am the successful married employed mother of five beautiful children I am today.

Client Served

Rating: 3

My nurses were experts at what they did. Any question I had they had the answer or helped me get a solution. They helped me with clothes and diapers for my child and assisted me in finding daycare as a new mother. I really enjoyed having this program while I had it but unfortunately they cancelled the program in Far Rockaway and all of Queens, NY without any warning. This happened before Huricane Sandy so it wasn't due to hurricane damage. I don't think it's fair to Queens residents especially residents in Far Rockaway. We have no help out here. This program really helped me in the beginning. I wish they would restore the Far Rockaway program.

Julianna M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Nurse Family Partnership it the must have resource for any woman moving from solo life to becoming a mother. I joined this program because I needed help with myself so I could be a good mommy. My nurse helped me organized my life and thoughts. I appreciate her standing by me through the difficult time of transition. I am proud to say that I am loving mom. I cherish & enjoy my family and I find my life is now full of new & fun rewards.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i became part of the program in2007. my sister was part of it in 2004. i love this program. it made such an important, positive impact on my life. i will never forget my nurse or the wonderful things she did for me and my family. she was a tremendous support system for me. Brenda was my only friend for a long time. my nurse was always there for me, she even offered to be there with me, in the hospital, while i was having my second child, which meant an awful lot because that was a hard, hard time in my life. and i glady would have had her by my side if she did not have to work that day.she brought me diapers and baby clothes when i was in need.it was so wonderful to be reassured that i was doing a good job as a mom, to know that my kid(s) are on track with thier development. its a program that should be offered everywhere.i cant imagine a better nonprofit. its amazing. i wish i was still able to be a part of it. i miss her dearly and still text her when i need advice or have a question about my kids health. she is amazing and i am thrilled to have been a part of this. i tell everyone about Nurse-family partnership, everywhere i go. they definatly deserve an award