Great Start Collaborative Partner Spotlight: Nurse Family Partnership
This month we highlight the work of Nurse Family Partnership within the Kent County Health Department. NFP has been a member with the KCHD a member for many years.
What programs do you offer for young children and their families?
The health department in general has many programs including WIC, Immunizations, MIHP, Strong Beginnings, Nurse-Family Partnership, Lead Poisoning Prevention and Treatment program, Hearing and Vision Screening, and Children’s Special Health Care.
How do families enroll in your programs?
At the health department, families can call and speak with someone to find out which program they qualify for, call 616-632-7058 for most programs. Call 616-632-7200 for WIC and Immunizations.
Describe your program.
Nurse-Family Partnership is FREE for women pregnant with their first baby. When enrolled the parent will be connected to a registered nurse who will provide support, advice, and information mom needs to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby, and to be a great mom.
The nurse will support her to
- Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
- Advocate for and with mom for the care her and her baby need
- Be the best mom she can be
- Learn and practice things that make her more confident as a mom, like breastfeeding, nutrition, child development, safe-sleep techniques, and much more
- Get referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and other support services available in the community
- Continue mom’s education, develop job skills, or follow dreams for the future
How does your organization use parent voice to inform your programs?
Specifically to Nurse Family Partnership there are three parents on a Continuous Quality Improvement team, and they attend monthly team meetings to provide their perspective and input. Nurses frequently ask clients for feedback and adjust their service based on client needs. Our site is also participating in a pilot program with our National Service Office to survey clients approximately every 6 months and in the future, will have access to a data dashboard to see the survey results once that is fully implemented.
What do you most appreciate about your GSC membership?
I appreciate learning about resources and what is going on with other programs in our community. I value the parents who implement amazing programs that are available for our clients to attend. I also really appreciate the people I have met through attending the meetings.