Public health nurses and community health workers play a critical role in providing outreach, health education and prevention programming in the community. In this interactive narrative piece from Child Trends about lead exposure in the United States, the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program is cited as one of the rigorously tested, evidence-based interventions that can play a significant role in improving families’ health outcomes.
NFP In Our Community
The Foundation for Delaware County’s NFP is staffed by registered nurses who have earned bachelor’s degrees. These nurses are paired with low-income, first-time, expectant mothers. Women who are interested in the program must enroll by their third trimester (28 weeks). They will be assigned their own nurse who will work with the women in their homes until their child turns two years old.
The relationships that participants build with their nurses are important to the success of the program, as are the caliber of health education and resource connections that the nurses provide.
Helping Children Exposed to Lead Poisoning
In Delaware County, NFP nurses promote lead testing, provide education about lead poisoning prevention, and connect children who have been exposed to lead with nutrition and early intervention resources. The nurses also refer families in unsafe housing to the on-site Medical-Legal Partnership attorneys for civil legal advocacy and representation.