Meadows Foundation awards $76,000 to UMC Foundation to support Nurse Family Partnership

University Medical Center Foundation received a grant of $76,000 from the Meadows Foundation to support UMC’s Nurse Family Partnership (NFP).  The program pairs a vulnerable new mom early in her pregnancy with a UMC registered nurse. Each new mother receives continuous nurse home visits until the child reaches age 2.

Nurse-Family Partnership helps new mothers – especially teen mothers who are low-income and have little or no support systems. The program emphasizes adherence to pre-natal care, promotes access to parenting education and other support to actively encourage healthy birth outcomes and prevent child abuse and neglect. For teen moms the program works with local school districts to keep teens in school during and after their pregnancy.

Since 2010 the Nurse Family Partnership has served 250 new mothers and their babies throughout El Paso County. NFP participants are screened for eligibility based on federal low-income guidelines. Each Home-Nurse Visitor maintains a caseload of 25 mothers and their babies and performs 10 to 15 home visits each week.

University Medical Center’s NFP program is the only home visitation program of its kind in El Paso. It is a resource for community agencies needing to refer mothers-at-risk or negative birth outcomes or who are at-risk of child abuse or neglect. UMC’s long-standing relationship with the El Paso community includes a strong referral network of community agencies. NFP works closely with: City of El Paso Public Health Department/WIC, House of Hope, a non-profit agency providing parenting education, thirteen local school districts that refer pregnant teens to the program, and Project LAUNCH a collaborative encouraging positive patient/child interaction to prevent child abuse and neglect.