Nurse-Family Partnership is a national evidence-based, community health
program that works with first time mothers to help them be successful.
Each new mother enrolled in the program is partnered with a registered
nurse early in the motherís pregnancy; she receives ongoing nurse home
visits until her child turns two years old.
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is built upon the work of Dr. David Olds
and has been through randomized, controlled trials for more than 30 years
which all prove that this home visitation program works at improving the
health and well-being of families.
The three specific goals of Nurse-Family
- 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
- 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.
So how did Nurse-Family Partnership come about in Bradford County? In 2006,
at a Communities That Care meeting, under the umbrella of Partners in Family &
Community Development (PFCD), a group of agency members discussed the idea of
bringing this program here to Bradford County.
Communities That Care strives to promote positive youth development in the county and
they felt that Nurse-Family Partnership would be a great program that could help break
the generational cycle of poverty. PFCD, under the guidance of Desiree Rockwell, then
Director researched the program and its potential. Ms. Rockwell learned two things,
Bradford County was slated as an at-risk county thus eligible for State funding and
that Wyoming County Human Service was already implementing Nurse Family Partnership
under Healthy Families of Wyoming County.
Ms. Rockwell contacted her counterpart in Wyoming County, Terri McClosky and
together they developed a plan. Healthy Families of Wyoming County would help
get NFP started in Bradford County, by applying for the expansion grant, hiring
and supervising the nurses.
Ms. Rockwell helped them write and submit the grant which allowed them to hire 2
full-time and 1 part-time Nurse Home Visitors. The plan was that Wyoming County
would help get NFP established while PFCD found a suitable home for the program
here in Bradford County within the next four years of the grant cycle.
During those years, PFCD would give the program in-kind office space and
Bradford-Sullivan Drug and Alcohol Programs would help support with a match.
As the end of the 4-year grant cycle was coming to a close, PFCD approached Memorial Hospital.
Administration felt that this program would make a great fit with their
community outreach programs so plans began for Memorial Hospital to become
an Implementing Agency for the National evidence-based Nurse-Family Partnership program.
After several months and mounds of paperwork, Nurse-Family Partnership is finally at
home at Memorial Hospital. The program transferred from Wyoming County Human Services
bringing with it three Nurse Home Visitors, all of their expertise, supplies,
equipment and clients.
In addition, as plans were underway for this transfer, Federal funding became
available and Memorial Hospital applied and was successful. They have received
additional funds to hire a part-time Administrator, a full-time Nurse Home
Visitor / Supervisor and a part-time Nurse Home Visitor.
Memorial Hospital, Inc. was pleased to be able to hire Desiree Rockwell for the
position of NFP Administrator, which she will oversee NFP 50% of the time and
with the remaining time she will research and apply for grants on behalf of Memorial Hospital.
In addition, the hospital has already hired, Claudia Piechocki to fill the part-time
Nurse Home Visitor position. To date, they are still seeking a licensed RN with their
BSN to fill the Supervisor position.
Desiree Rockwell stated "It was a difficult decision to leave as Executive Director
of PFCD, but Iím very passionate about Nurse-Family Partnership and it was an
opportunity that I could not pass up."
"Nurse-Family Partnership is such a valuable program that supports first time mothers
and helps them succeed, it just fits our mission, we are so happy to give the program
a local home," stated Carol Sager, Vice President of Resource Development at Memorial
"It is all about helping people in our community which has been our philosophy since
our inception" agreed Gary Baker, Memorial Hospital CEO.
To date, Nurse-Family Partnership has served just over 100 first-time mothers in Bradford County.
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