Nurse-Family Partnership


One of the Jacksonville NFP nurses discusses important health topics with a client.

Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based home-visiting model for pregnant women that is implemented within the Healthy Start program in Duval County. Services are provided to 100 high-risk, first-time mothers in several high-risk neighborhoods annually by specially trained nurses from the Florida Department of Health Duval County and UF Health Jacksonville.

The model has been identified as successfully impacting key outcomes in maternal and child health, child maltreatment, child development, school readiness, family socio-economic status and injuries, crime and domestic violence.

NFP staff assemble a “diaper cake” at a recent meeting. The NFP nurses incorporate the cake into their home visits to increase bonding between the nurse and client, help clients think about their baby and get them involved with the planning. The clients can get their friends involved and often keep the ‘cake’ or dip into the work of art when needed.

The Jacksonville NFP Project is part of Florida’s Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. 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 chosen by the state plan as eligible for funding and implementation.

The highest ranked urban area, Duval County ranked fifth in the state in terms of MIECHV program need based on 11 risk indicators.

From the Field: Nurse Family Partnership Success Stories