Nurse Family Partnership of San Luis Obispo County
Center for Family Strengthening serves as the Community Advisory Board for Nurse-Family Partnership® of San Luis Luis Obispo County, an evidence-based, community health program that helps transform the lives of vulnerable mothers pregnant with their first child. Each mother served by NFP is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through her child’s second birthday. Independent research proves that communities benefit from this relationship — every dollar invested in Nurse- Family Partnership can yield more than five dollars in return.
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NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP GOALS
- 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
ESTABLISHED: 1996 FAMILIES SERVED: 19,420
Chris Krawczyk California State Director (c) 916.955.0276
NFP National Service Office 1900 Grant Street, Suite 400 Denver, CO 80203-4304
In California, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) programs are implemented in 21 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Fresno, Humboldt, Kern, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego (Central, East, North Central, North Coastal, North Inland, and South San Diego), San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus and the first school district in the nation, Los Angeles Unified School District.
IMPLEMENTING AGENCY CONTEXT
The first California NFP implementing agencies were launched in 1996 in Fresno, Los Angeles and Alameda Counties using the Department of Justice’s Weed and Seed strategy funding. The successful implementation of these initial NFP pilot sites demonstrated to other California communities that it was possible to replicate
a scientific-based health strategy while also tailoring the program to meet the needs of each community. NFP seeks to continue to build new partnerships with medical managed care
entities, school districts, military bases, clinics and hospitals in order to serve the thousands more eligible families in California that could benefit from NFP’s evidenced-based outcomes model.
FUNDING AND POLITICAL CONTEXT
Funding for the California Nurse-Family Partnership program comes from an array of sources including: Medicaid (Targeted Case Management and Federal Financial Participation); Proposition 10 (First 5) funds; Proposition 63 funds (Mental Health Services Act) funds; Public Health Realignment funds, County General Funds; federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program administered by the California Department of Public Health; Healthy Start; Tipping Point Community; The California Wellness Foundation; and The Ford Family Foundation.
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PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM WITH PROVEN AND MEASURABLE RESULTS
Nurse-Family Partnership is a rare community health program that is based on evidence from randomized, controlled trials — more than 37 years of research proves that it works. This evidence shows our clients — eligible first-time mothers — that if they follow the program and work with their nurse, they can transform their lives and the lives of their children.
- The RAND Corporation showed that every public health dollar policymakers and communities invest in Nurse-Family Partnership could realize more than five dollars in return for the highest- risk
- The Partnership for America’s Economic Success found investments in early childhood programs, such as Nurse-Family Partnership, to be stronger investments than state business subsidies when viewed from a long-term, national
- The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence reviewed over 650 programs with published research in peer-reviewed
Nurse-Family Partnership was found to be one of only 6% of the programs that clearly work, or even appear promising. The center fully supports and endorses NFP as one of its “Blueprints” programs. The project, Blueprints for Violence Prevention, identifies prevention and intervention programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program effectiveness.
- The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy — a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization — identified Nurse-Family Partnership as the only prenatal or early childhood program that meets its “Top Tier” evidence standard, which is used by the
U.S. Congress and the executive branch to distinguish research-proven programs.