United Way Launches Nurse-Family Partnership Program

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ELIZABETH – United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) has officially launched the Nurse-Family Partnership Program (NFP) for Union County, with partner agency and direct service provider Holy Redeemer Home Care.

NFP is an evidence-based community health home visitation program that helps transform the lives of vulnerable mothers pregnant with their first child. Nurses provide support, education, and counseling on health, behavioral and self-sufficiency issues.  The program is actively recruiting prospective new mothers throughout the county.

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This new community initiative is a component of UWGUC’s Family Strengthening Network, developed to better address the needs of children and families in Union County.  Union County’s Nurse-Family Partnership program is funded through grants from federal and state government; private foundations; (the Nicholson Foundation and the Plainfield Foundation); as well as United Way’s Community Investment Fund.

“The Family Nurse Partnership program provides a new way of working with parents who need our help by providing them the best advice for making positive decisions for themselves and their families, says James W. Horne Jr. President & CEO of United Way of Greater Union County.

“Providing this parenting education and family support in the home is critically important because it strengthens the individual relationship with the family, increases the parent’s ability to utilize the services, and encourages parents to incorporate the parenting information and strategies in their day-to-day home life.”

Under the program, first-time mothers meet with a registered nurse early in pregnancy and nurse home visits continue through the child’s second birthday.
NFP nurse home visitors work with their clients to achieve three important goals:

• Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in preventive health practices, including obtaining thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diet, 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.

“We are excited about our partnership with United Way and the implementation of the Nurse-Family Partnership program here in Union County,” says Rose Sellick, Supervisor of the Nurse-Family Partnership Program at Holy Redeemer Health Care.

“The program has been well received in the community and we are receiving client referrals from health care providers, schools, and various social service agencies.  We now have 17 expectant moms enrolled and we anticipate an enrollment of approximately 100 within the next year.  The moms look forward to the nurse visits and are eager to learn ways to care for themselves and their baby.


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