Home Visitation Model Snapshot
Nurse Family Partnership
Founder: David Olds
First site launched: 1996
Type of organization: Nonprofit
National headquarters: Denver
Number of sites: Implementation in 21 states
Families served since program's inception: 62,000
Families served: Low-income, first-time parents
Ages of children eligible: Early pregnancy through first-born child's second birthday
Length of stay in program: 2.4 years
Frequency of home visits: 64 visits over 2.4 years
Cost to family: Free
Services: Nurse home visitors follow visit-by-visit guidelines focusing on personal and environmental health, quality of caregiving, maternal life-course development, family and friend support, and health and human service use. Nurses help parents develop behaviors to enable healthier pregnancies, emotionally and physically healthier children, and greater economic sufficiency.
Participant retention rate: 82% through delivery of the child, 51% after 17 months, 25% after 27 months
Home visitors/nurses employed: More than 760
Qualifications for home visitors: Registered nurses
Research model or approach followed: Randomized, controlled trials were conducted with three populations in New York (1977), Tennessee (1987), and Colorado (1994). All three trials targeted first-time, low-income mothers. Study of the long-term outcomes for the mothers and children in all three trials continues.
Primary or largest program partners: A range of public and nonprofit entities, including state and county departments of public health, community-based health centers, nursing service organizations, and hospitals.
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