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Nurse-Family Partnership

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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



Rating: 5

It's an amazing organization that helps women achieve goals that they never otherwise even consider - the nurses not only help them raise healthy babies, they empower the mothers for the rest of their lives. The long-term studies have proven that NFP works - the organization helps moms and babies and saves taxpayers money.


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Rating: 5

I first learned about Nurse-Family Partnership in 2006 through an article in the New Yorker. The article described the real-life experiences of a nurse home visitor in Louisiana. It was a gripping and fascinating introduction to a program that has continued to amaze me the more I learn about it. Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based, nurse home visitation model for first-time women and their families. In fact, NFP is widely recognized as the “gold standard” of evidence-based home visitation. The program involves regular, structured home visits by highly trained registered nurses to low-income, first-time mothers beginning early in pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second year. Through rigorous evaluation using randomized clinical trials, NFP has been shown to result in significant improvements in pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and economic self-sufficiency. The evidence of this program’s effectiveness is compelling. Independent studies have shown a five-fold return on investment on every dollar through reduction in child abuse and neglect, fewer childhood injuries, increased maternal employment, and fewer arrests and convictions, and many more. How many social or clinical interventions are based on such strong proof of effectiveness? I find it truly remarkable that this program exists and am thrilled to see its continued growth and increasing national recognition. A healthy family is the core of a healthy society. NFP is a real example of the power of preventive health to achieve meaningful and tangible results. This is a model that deserves our widespread commitment and support.