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Are you a former Nurse-Family Partnership client?

If so, you’re invited to a reunion picnic today, Aug. 20, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Columbine Park, 540 28 1/4 Road.

Current clients are also encouraged to attend, as are members of the media.

The picnic will provide an opportunity for clients and staff to celebrate together and reunite staff with families who have participated in the program over the past 14 years.

Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based community health program that helps transform the lives of first-time moms. It is a voluntary prevention program that provides nurse-home visitation services to low-income, first-time mothers. Nurses begin home visits early in the mother’s pregnancy and continue visitation until the child’s second birthday. Nurses provide support, education and counseling on health, behavioral and self-sufficiency issues.

Nurse-Family Partnership has been around for more than 30 years and is one of the most rigorously tested programs of its kind. Mothers and children who have participated in the program have consistently demonstrated the following outcomes:

  • Improved prenatal health
  • Fewer unintended subsequent pregnancies
  • Increased maternal employment
  • Improved child school readiness
  • Reduced involvement in crime
  • Less child abuse, neglect and injuries

An independent analysis shows that communities benefit socially and financially when Nurse-Family Partnership is offered.

For more information, visit www.health.mesacounty.us/nfp or call 970-254-4100.