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Jackson County Health & Human Services
140 S. Holly Street • Medford, Oregon 97501

August 25, 2019
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Nurse-Family Partnership

What is Nurse-Family Partnership?

mothers and childrenNurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based, community health program that serves low income women pregnant with their first child. Each expectant mom is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits. It is a life transforming partnership, for the mom and her child. Nurse-Family Partnership helps families and the communities they live in become stronger while saving money for state, local and federal governments.

Nurse-Family Partnership is an Evidence-Based Community Health Program!

Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based community health program with three decades of research proving it works! At its heart, the program empowers women to change their families’ lives for the better.

Family outcomes that have been shown in one or more of the Nurse-Family Partnership randomized controlled studies that include improved pregnancy outcomes improved child health and development; and increased economic self-sufficiency. These studies revealed that:

  • 79% reduction in preterm delivery for women who smoke, and reductions in high-risk pregnancies as a result of greater intervals between first and subsequent births
  • 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect
  • 59% reduction in arrest of children at the age of 15
  • 67% reduction in behavioral and intellectual problems in children at age six
  • 72% fewer convictions of mothers when children are at the age 15
  • 82% increase in months employed
  • 68% increase in father’s presence in household

Nurse Family Partnership Goals

  • Goal 1: Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventative health practices that include prenatal care from their healthcare provider, diet, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances. 
  • Goal 2: Improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible, healthy and competent care for their children.
  • Goal 3: 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.

What Will the Mother Receive?family with nurse

A nurse will schedule in-person visits at the home or another identified location and time that works for the mother. The nurse will:

  • Discuss topics that interest the mother
  • Support the mother to have a health pregnancy
  • Help support the baby’s healthy growth and development
  • Connect the mother and family to resources in the community
  • Help the mother and family achieve what matters the most 

Who is Eligible? How to Refer or Connect with Jackson County Nurse-Family Partnership?

Women who are 28 weeks pregnant or less, meet eligibility criteria and live in Jackson County may be eligible the Nurse-Family Partnership’s free services. 

Medical and public health professionals are encouraged to use the referral form and fax it to 541-774-7977.

Mothers that want to learn more and enroll themselves can call 541-774-8218, or text  541-499-7964. 

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