Center for Family Strengthening serves as the Community Advisory Board for Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) 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 work.
All around the United States, the Nurse-Family Partnership has proven through rigorous experiments how valuable investing in children can be. When disadvantaged families are provided with home visits and counseling from the start of pregnancy until the kids turn two, over the next decade and a half there are 79 percent fewer cases of child abuse and neglect. By the time these children turn fifteen, on average they are arrested half as often as their peers, and their mothers receive cash assistance benefits for thirty fewer months. Programs like this help build resilience within families. Along with being the correct moral choice, these investments make economic sense too: every dollar put into these visits yields about $ 5.70 in benefits. ~ Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy” by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
A 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 cases.
- 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 perspective.
- The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence reviewed over 650 programs with published research in peer-reviewed studies. 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.