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Nurse-Family Partnership Program Helps New Moms

PHMDC's Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) program celebrated its third anniversary this past summer. The NFP Program began in Dane County in July 2012 and has grown to serve over 175 families. NFP is an evidence-based model program that helps low-income, first-time mothers have healthy pregnancies, improves children's health and development, and helps families become self-sufficient. It focuses on those first-time mothers who may be socially isolated or experiencing severe hardships.

Each mother served by NFP is partnered with a public health nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through the time their baby turns 2 years old. The nurse plans an average of 64 visits with the mother, and they develop a strong, trusted relationship. Since NFP started in 2012, over 100 babies were born to mothers on the program, and 20 mothers have graduated from the program.

The goals of the program are:

  • Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices, including thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diets, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances;
  • Improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care;
  • Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find work.

Congratulations to the clients and staff of the NFP program who worked to achieve these positive outcomes:

  • 91% of babies were born full term.
  • 87% of mothers initiated breast feeding and 56% continued breastfeeding 6 months after delivery.
  • 91% of babies were born at a healthy weight - at or above 2500g (5.5lbs).
  • 90% of clients without subsequent pregnancy at 12 months.
  • 92% of children received all recommended vaccines at 12 months.

More information about the program, call 608-266-4821 or visit Case Management Services.
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Flu Vaccination: the best way to protect yourself and the ones you love from flu

Have you gotten your flu vaccine this season? If not, now's the time. Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccination to prevent the flu as well as flu-related complications that could lead to severe illness, hospitalization and even death. By getting a flu vaccine for yourself and your entire family you can prevent flu-related illnesses, missed work and school due to flu. In addition, when most of us are immunized in the community against the flu, it protects those who cannot fight diseases or get immunized, such as babies too young to be immunized, those with weak immune systems, and those who cannot receive the vaccine for health reasons.

Getting a flu vaccine is more convenient than ever before. Vaccines are available in a variety of locations, for example, from your doctor or local health department, and at many pharmacies. To find a flu vaccination clinic near you, use HealthMap Vaccine Finder.

Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) provides flu vaccine at our immunization clinics for:

  • children who are uninsured or have Medical Assistance or Badger Care, and
  • adults who are uninsured

To find out more details about getting your flu shot through PHMDC, go to Influenza or call (608) 266-4821.

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