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Shawnee County Nurse-Family Partnership
Overview
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) focuses on low-income, first-time mothers, a population segment that sometimes has limited access to good parenting information or role models. Women voluntarily enroll as early as possible with nurse home visits, ideally beginning by the 16th week of pregnancy.

The transition to motherhood can be particularly challenging for many low-income, first-time mothers. Many are socially isolated or are experiencing severe adversity and nurse home visits can prove extremely helpful.


Goals of the Program
  • Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices, including thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diets, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances;
  • Improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care; and
  • Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find work.