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Nonprofit Overview

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

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Lisa Dillard

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being on the front lines of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) has broadened my view of what makes for a healthy Mom, baby, family and community. An effective program is what makes the difference, one vulnerable family at a time. After 25 years as a maternal child and community health nurse, I have found the NFP practice that merges nursing as an art and a science. That is the key ingredient to creating healthier families within the community. NFP utilizes the science behind randomized controlled trials and emerging data with nursings compassion for others, to deliver the most productive results shown for improving outcomes among low-income, first-time families. Building upon a strong nurse-client relationship paves the way for behavioral changes that become a lifelong measure of individual perseverence. NFP creates opportunity for healthier families which contributes to a healthy community, a thriving state and nation that cares about the future. NFP is not only an effective program, it is essential for assuring strong families for tomorrow (Lisa Dillard, RN, MSN, Texas).

Donor

Rating: 5

My donations go to organizations who have proven to improve the quality of life of those they serve and lower government spending. This is exactly what Nurse-Family Partnership does in America.

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

This is one of the most awsome programs out there. The expertise that these specially trained nurses are given enhance the understanding of themselves and their child and children to come in a very special way. I wish this was available to me when I was pregnant and started to take care of my baby. There is no how to book out there when you have a baby but this is the closest thing you will find.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Registered Nurse in Columbia County, Oregon. I was trained in NFP in 2009 and worked in Arizona a few months. What a difference NFP makes in the lives of mommies and babies! There is a big need for the intensive visiting schedule NFP uses here in my county!

Donor

Rating: 5

We were looking for charities to support that had proven success and constantly evaluated their work to ensure effective help for families. NFP was it for us.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a nurse for 31 years and working with NFP for one year. The one year I have spent with NFP has been the most meaningful in my career. I can actually apply my knowledge and skills and see the postive impact that I am having on the lives of my clients and the lives of future generations. I have also been exposed to a side of life that I would have never experienced had it not been for this program. Because of this expouser I am more compassionate and more aware of my community. I want to be a part of the solution for those we serve. I feel that I am important and that what I do truely is making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've worked with this program for 2 years. It's awesome and it has made a difference in many lives. It's a life changing program that's needed here in Louisiana. It doesn't replace your regular Doctor's , it contributes.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are bridging the gap at mile high united way. We help foster youth bridge the gap between foster care and adulthood. NFP Denver has been a great friend to our program. A high percentage of foster care alumni become mothers at a very young age. NFP stepped in to partner with BTG and help the young moms in our program. I can tell you NFP has made all the difference to these ladies. Most of our participants grew up in foster care, parenting can be very scary when you were never parented as a child. NFP helps us bridge that gap too and we appreciate it very much.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a concerned citizen, I’ve long been aware of the devastating negative effects of poverty on the psychosocial wellbeing of a person’s life. But also as a psychotherapist in practice for over 30 years, I’ve become particularly aware of the impact of the early environment on a child’s emotional and intellectual development. Recent research has confirmed that the architecture of an infant’s brain begins important formation in the womb and in the early years of a child’s life. (http://developingchild.harvard.edu/). How can every child, even those without resources, reach his or her full potential? What could I do to help?

In 2006, I read an article in The New Yorker called “Swamp Nurse”. It described how Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) offered to low-income first-time mothers in Louisiana an opportunity to work with a specially trained nurse home visitor from early in her pregnancy until the child’s second birthday. Beginning in the early 1970s, Dr. David Olds initiated the development of a nurse home visitation program for first-time mothers and their children. Over the next three decades, he and his colleagues continued to test the program in three separate, randomized, controlled trials with three different populations in Elmira, New York, Memphis, Tennessee and Denver, Colorado before the program was offered for replication. Dr. Olds and his research team documented evidenced-based outcomes that demonstrated how the relationship between the new mother and her nurse measurably improved long-term the lives of the at-risk moms and children. Today, there are NFP programs in 40 states, and Dr. Olds continues his longitudinal research from the trials, which continue to demonstrate positive impacts decades later.

I was impressed and three years ago, approached Nurse-Family Partnership about setting up a site in Eastern Long Island where I live part-time. The passion, intelligence and efficacy of the staff are extraordinary and some day, a NFP site may exist there. Meanwhile, I have become acquainted with the dedicated work of New York City Nurse-Family Partnership, which is sponsored by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and have been invited to serve on their Community Advisory Board. One of the NYC NFP sites, the Targeted Citywide Initiative, provides a nurse and a mental health clinician for teens in foster care, women living in homeless shelters, and incarcerated women incarcerated women at Riker’s Island Correctional Facility. These young parents have the opportunity to meet monthly as a group with their NFP team.

Nurse-Family Partnership is an intervention that provides a first-time at-risk pregnant woman with the tools to help her build her own life as well as a positive relationship with her child. The changes brought about by the relationship of the new mother with her nurse are intergenerational! I feel passionate about how NFP makes a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable youngsters and has the potential to begin to interrupt the cycle of poverty. It needs our support.

hana.low

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so impressed by the impact that the Nurse-Family Partnership model has in improving young children's health, early learning, and general well-being, in addition to parents' economic development and sense of self-worth, that I am pursuing nursing school specifically in order to join this movement. // I worked with one of the nurse home visitors on an infant and toddler brief for policymakers in Colorado. She entered the home visiting field with interests in maternal/child health but the NFP model had given her such a holistic way to think about supporting families of young children through policy, and her thoughtfulness massively enriched our work.

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

Donor

Rating: 5

As a director of a private foundation, the fact that Nurse-Family Partnership is an "evidence based" organization is a huge factor in making grant decisions. Furthermore, because NFP addresses a core problem which gives rise to so many other societal issues, any grant gets great leverage. I would encourage any foundation to consider NFP as a grant recipient, if its program falls within the scope of the foundation's guidelines

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering my time to Nurse-Family Partnership. I'm retired and the well organized projects I've helped with keep my mind and my fingers agile!

Lisa D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a personal reflection in review of the impact that Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is having on the Art and Science of Nursing in serving vulnerable first-time families. As a registered nurse in the community for more than 20 years, I can personally proclaim that the Nurse-Family Partnership program is improving the lives of vulnerable first-time families across large and small needy communities. It is an Evidence Based Community Health Program of more than 30 years, that has demonstrated mastery of combing the science of knowing with the science of caring. Integrating health and psychosocial indicators in working with vulnerable populations is critical for providers of services across health and human services nationwide.

Imagine, that many first time families do not plan their first child; many are unstable, unsupported, hopeless and lost in family and community systems combined. Many Public Policy makers have often said that true cause-and-effect relationships of this nature are difficult to establish. I can only say to stakeholders, that the time has come to simply look, listen and measure the impacts of NFP on vulnerable families across our communities. Nurses integrate the science of knowing how to improve health and well-being for first-time families along with the art of caring for vulnerable families across a 2 year period. Utilizing a therapeutic relationship that invests a wide array of resources to improve the lives of needy individual families and their first child defines the goal of each implementing agency.

Fragile families in our community are now seeking healthier lifestyles, finding more stable living conditions, finishing school, seeking careers and most importantly committing to becoming competent and caring parents. One at a time, young mothers are praised for making healthy choices to support a healthier pregnancy outcome. New parents are given "how to" guidance in caring for newborns. Others are assisted thru the maze of community services to assure they maximize available resources, thus providing a two-year safety net is in place for them and their babies. Relationships among broken families are strengthened and fathers are encouraged to be invested in caring for their child as well.

The sense of “hopelessness” observed first hand by each nurse home visitor transforms into “hopefulness” for a better future among each family served by NFP. The NFP program is one society can count on for making a difference in the lives of vulnerable families across communities of high need. Nurses are committed to building stronger families which translate into strong communities that are better able to overcome barriers. The urgency of family-well being is critical to the fabric of our society.

In observing maternal deprivation, hurt, loss and suffering among young, ill-prepared first-time parents, we are challenged in our community to advocate for on-going Public and local supports for vulnerable families. Nurse home visitors are the back bone for improving family well-being thru transformational change. We have each one become an advocate in the community for vulnerable families. In the process, intensive efforts are made to improve the health, development, relationship and self-efficacy capacity of each family served.

Each client success is a silent one, until such time we resonate ways to acknowledge that there is a true measure for cause-and- effect among effective and promising programs like the Nurse-Family Partnership. Each family has a deserving capacity to be touched by the Art and Science of Nurse- Family Partnership. Funders can be assured and count on the NFP program to continue to transform vulnerable families into resilient ones… one family at a time.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came upon NFP 3 several years ago as master's prepared nurse with many years of experience in women's health. I was hired as a supervisor in a site that was establishing this wonderful program. Coming in to this program in the infancy stages, I have helped establish this program in our community. It brings such joy and sense of accomplishment to see the growth of these young women that we serve, as well as the positive feed back receive from the community. To witness the growth of our clients is very rewarding. Many clients verbalize that they wouldn't have had the successes if it weren't for their nurses. To see these young moms celebrate their own small successes and develop into warm ,nurturing parents is truly rewarding. The committment they demonstrate to the program and to their nurses is inspiring. I am very proud and honored to be a pat of NFP and the lives of the mothers we have served and hopefully continue to serve in the future.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am one of the nurses who delivers this program in the home. It is such a phenomenal program. I see young women grow and develop into the successful and supportive parents they wish to be. It is a truly amazing process to watch these women prepare themselves for parenthood and then to take on the role with confidence and accomplish their goals. Thank you for making it possible to deliver such an outstanding program.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)in 2004 when I was working at a public health non-profit that provides maternal and child health services. Intrigued, I read up on everything I could find about NFP, and was struck by the caring, compassion, intelligence, and fierce drive for real, meaningful results that shine through in every aspect of the work. The holistic focus on helping children together with their parents makes sense to me intuitively--as does the focus on preventive early intervention, the earlier the better. But I was also impressed to find that NFP has 30+ years of proven successful results under its belt, carefully documented with randomized controlled trials, as well as Rand cost-benefit research showing multiple dollars saved for every dollar spent on the program.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nurse Family Partnership means so much to me. I am both a mother of two young boys and a resident of a populated urban neighborhood. Everyday I see moms who struggle with parenting. Research shows that kids benefit tremendously when they are raised in positive, nurturing, healthy environments, but these conditions are not a given. NFP provides real skills and support systems the families that need them most, so kids are set up for greater successes in life.