Bright light in dark start to 2018: the Nurse-Family Partnership and Friends of New York City NFP deserve your support

In this age of cuts to health care, education, and social programs, we were so excited to learn about the amazing Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)  and Friends of the New York City Nurse-Family Partnership. NFP pairs low-income women who are pregnant with their first child with a free nurse who supports them during their pregnancy and until their child’s second birthday. The nurse visits about every other week and helps mothers have a healthy pregnancy and learn to be nurturing and successful mothers. The model is unique for maternal child health programs because it’s based on rigorous evidence on what’s effective, discovered via randomized, controlled trials.

The results of this approach have been resoundingly positive: for every $1 a community invests in NFP, it receives $5.70 in return. NFP has served more than 260,000 families and operates in more than 42 states.

Friends of New York City Nurse-Family Partnership has teamed up with New York City NFP to take the national program a step further. They work with the leadership of the local program here to identify and address its most important unmet needs. For example, in 2016, The Friends launched the Heart’s Desire Fund (HDF) to help vulnerable mothers improve the lives of their babies by furthering their education or careers. Under HDF, they review applications from interested mothers and make awards for such things such as tuition grants, Metro Cards, laptops, books and certification fees. By removing the financial obstacles that face these moms, they hasten their exit out of poverty and reduce their stress during their child’s most critical years. They also provide more support for moms in the form of activities and events that bring moms together for peer support, and also involve an educational component.
These organizations are included in the latest update to our extension, which is now live! Get it now and use it to learn about NFP and Friends of NYC NFP in the following articles.

These organizations are included in the latest update to our extension, which is now live! Get it now and use it to learn about NFP and Friends of NYC NFP in the following articles.