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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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jennifer402

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a NFP supervisor after working 14 years as a NFP home visitor. This program is my professional passion, and my focus. I am priveledged to have experienced and witnessed the huge objective and subjective outcomes of providing this model. I have families who come back years later to thank me and our nurses for the changes we helped facilitate in their lives. Many say we saved their lives. Everyday I go to work, I know I am making a difference in our most fragile families. This is the best program and deserves to be recognized as the best nonprofit!

1 Roger29

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NFP is the most effective intervention out there for improving child health and development, and for assisting young, single moms. Plus it has strong research evidence of its effectiveness.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been an RN for over 30 years and this is my most favorite job. Often when nurses work in acute care we feel the burden to help change lives but we are not given the time to make that impact. In contrast, NFP is designed to allow nurses the time and tools to impact women, families and children in an evidenced based manner. I am very blessed to be given this privilege.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based program that empowers first-time mothers to succeed. I have had the great privilege of working as a Registered Nurse in this program through the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas for six years. Being a part of this program and getting to walk through pregnancy and new motherhood with young women in my community is extremely fulfilling. NFP focuses on improving pregnancy outcomes, improving the health and development of the child, and helping families move toward self-sufficiency. Every community needs this program! It truly does change lives and has a long-lasting effect on the overall health and well-being of the community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Given the rise in single parenthood and the resulting risk for the family with no support systems, financially or emotionally, the nurse-family partnership is an invaluable asset. The best part too is the consistency of the support and care given to the mother early on in her pregnancy and continuing until the child is 2 years of age. The statistics reflect the better outcomes for the mother and baby and hopefully dad too. The incidence of child abuse is decreased significantly with this program. That alone is worth an excellent rating in my view!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of Nurse Family Partnership. I have been with the program one year and truly believe in the program's ability to encourage first-time mothers to succeed and better their lives, as well as those of their babies. It is individualized to each client and her unique situation and fosters growth in the areas that are meaningful to each client. I am learning as much from the clients as I believe they are learning from the NFP program!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This program is serving first time, low income mothers. It helps to provide education and resources to help establish a positive bond between the infant and the mother along with promoting helathy living. The pair has the undivided attention from a nurse every one to two weeks in their homes. Clients appreciate this 1:1 attention. I wish this program was availbale to me when I was a first time mother!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This program is for women who are having their first baby. The program has been around for over thirty years. It's research based and its success is evidenced by improved pregnancy outcomes, child and health development and economic self sufficiency of the family. Families who participate in the program show less incidence of drug and alcohol abuse, better employment for moms, and better performance in school by the kids. The nationwide program has initiated a program in the second largest school district in the nation, at the Los Angeles Unified School District in which school nurses provide services to first time pregnant teen students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nurse Family Partnership is a program like no other. NFP provides an invaluable service for first time moms and focuses on all areas of health. NFP nurses do more than make visits to families. NFP nurses stand beside their clients during some of the most difficult times in their lives. NFP nurses walk beside the client on their journey. Every first time mom should have an NFP nurse!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NFP is a great Nurse Home visiting Program that helps first time moms and stays with the family until the baby turns two years old. They do great work in our community!

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).

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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

Professional with expertise in this field

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.