The Coalition received funding to establish a Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program under a new federal initiative supporting evidence-based home visiting programs.
One of five projects funded as part of Florida’s Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, NFP will use specially trained nurses to provide intensive, long-term education and support to first-time mothers living in high-risk communities in Jacksonville. The new initiative will be implemented by a multi-agency Healthy Start team from the Duval County Health Department and Shands Jacksonville. The team will focus on families in selected high-risk neighborhoods, including New Town and the surrounding community, the Westside and Arlington. Eligible first-time mothers will be identified through the current Healthy Start screening process and community referrals. Priority will be given to low-income, first-time mothers at highest risk (teens, history of substance abuse or tobacco use, low student achievement), as well as expectant military families at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville. Intensive services will be provided to 100 families annually.
Funding for the state’s MIECHV program was provided as part of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). The intent of the initiative is to equip parents and caregivers with the knowledge, skills and tools to assist their children in being healthy, safe and ready to succeed in school. NFP was one of seven evidence-based models identified in the state plan as eligible for funding and implementation over the next five years.
The highest ranked urban area, Duval County ranked fifth in the state in terms of MIECHV program need based on 11 risk indicators.