Expand North Carolina’s Nurse-Family Partnership Program.
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based, community health home visitation program for first-time, low-income moms and their babies with over 38 years of randomized controlled-trial research proving its effectiveness.1 Through ongoing home visits from registered nurses, NFP clients receive the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient. NFP helps families and communities become stronger while saving money for the state, local and federal governments. Independent research proves that communities benefit from this relationship: every dollar invested in Nurse-Family Partnership can yield more than five dollars in return.2
In 2008, a group of public and private partners came together to invest in NFP, and today 24 counties have chosen to implement NFP in North Carolina, serving over 3,600 families to date.
NFP currently receives $900,000 in recurring state funding,3 which covers just a small fraction of the costs associated with the growing demand for NFP’s services. NFP partners rely on a combination of outside funding sources in order to serve just a small portion of the mothers eligible for NFP.4 Most counties in North Carolina don’t have access to NFP at all.
North Carolina should increase its investment in NFP to expand coverage areas and explore ways to bring in additional outside funding.
1 Olds DL. (2002). "Prenatal and infancy home visiting by nurses: from randomized trials to community replication." Prevention Science.
Olds DL, Hill PL, O'Brien R, Racine D, Moritz P. (2003). "Taking preventive intervention to scale: the Nurse-Family Partnership." Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
2 Karoly, L. A. Kilburn, M. R. Cannon, J. S. (2005). Early childhood interventions: proven results, future promise. RAND.
 NC Department of Health and Human Services. (September 2010). North Carolina Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Needs Assessment.