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Nurse-Family Partnership Launches a Community Advisory Board



From left, Denise Cron, home visiting registered nurse with Memorial Hospitalís Nurse-Family Partnership with new mom Tiffany Glose and her son Quentin and Debbie Glose, Tiffanyís mother. Tiffany is among the first members of the new Nurse-Family Partnership Community Advisory Board.

Nurse-Family Partnership of Bradford County, implemented by Memorial Hospital in Towanda, hosted an informational luncheon on April 17th. The luncheon was an opportunity for the staff to educate community members about the benefits of the Nurse-Family Partnership program and how they could become involved.

Nurse-Family Partnership is a national evidence-based, community health program that works with first time mothers to help them become 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 Partnership include:

  • 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.

This event was geared to gain community support for NFP specifically by identifying Community Advisory Board Members willing to become champions for Nurse-Family Partnership here in Bradford County.

Who is a NFP Champion?

Someone who is willing to meet at a minimum of four times a year with staff. Their role would be to plan for the future of NFP in Bradford County, by developing and implementing a plan for sustainability and by serving as a voice in the community for this program.

The event was held at Memorial Hospital with a delicious lunch provided by the food service department. Those in attendance had the opportunity to learn how the NFP program works, who is eligible and how to refer. First-time mothers shared their experience of being in the program and how it has helped them and their child.

Nurse-Family Partnership would like to applaud those inaugural members who have agreed to participate: Cindie Gannon-Cooper, Gannon Associates; Sarah Sobolewski, PS Bank; Fred Smith, Esquire; Tiffany Glose, NFP mom and Faye Daum, WIC.

If anyone would like to learn more about this great program and would like to join the Community Advisory Board please contact NFP / Grants Administrator, Desiree Rockwell at (570) 268-2518.

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MEMORIAL HOSPTIAL
Press Release
May 13, 2013
Contact: Jeff Russell 268-2444