SOURCE: Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

February 24, 2015 10:00 ET

Hillman Foundation Grants the Nurse-Family Partnership® $600,000 to Scale Its Evidence-Based Program, Link to Medicaid Managed Care

Expands Hillman's Support for Innovative, Nursing-Driven Models of Care That Benefit Vulnerable Populations

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 24, 2015) - The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation today announced a three-year $600,000 grant award to the Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) National Service Office to expand its maternal and early childhood health program that provides nurse home visiting services to vulnerable first-time mothers and their children living in poverty across the United States. 

NFP will use the grant to broaden its outreach to the large and increasing number of low-income families receiving healthcare via Medicaid managed care. Specifically, it will develop a pilot program to determine the best ways to integrate NFP's evidence-based home visiting services into Medicaid medical homes.

"As we look to strategically grow Nurse-Family Partnership, partnering with managed care health plans is an ideal fit to increase our capacity to reach more first-time moms and their children living in poverty," said Roxane White, President and CEO of Nurse-Family Partnership. "This support from the Hillman Foundation will give us the resources to build new partnerships to achieve better care, lower costs and improve outcomes for vulnerable families."

"Embedding the Nurse-Family Partnership program into the broader health system is a critical next step in ensuring that this top-tier nursing intervention reaches the maximum number of first-time mothers and their children," said Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director of the Hillman Foundation. "We are proud to join forces with the Nurse-Family Partnership to advance this important work."

An innovative approach developed over three decades

Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) is an evidence-based, community health program that serves low-income women pregnant with their first child. The program currently serves over 30,000 low-income, first-time mothers in 43 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and six Tribal communities. Each new mother is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits until her child's second birthday. It is often a life-transforming partnership for mother and child.

NFP has been tested over 37 years in diverse settings, and has been proven to help families -- and the communities they live in -- become stronger while saving money for state, local and federal governments. In multiple randomized controlled trials, the program has shown significant reductions in measures such as child abuse and neglect; emergency room visits for accidents and poisonings; behavioral and intellectual problems at age six, and child arrests at age 15. The program's results are documented on NFP's website

ABOUT THE RITA & ALEX HILLMAN FOUNDATION

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation mission is to improve the lives of patients and their families through nursing-driven innovation. To this end, the Foundation cultivates nurse leaders, supports nursing research, and disseminates new models of care that are critical to making the U.S. healthcare system more patient-centered, accessible, equitable, and affordable. The foundation's goal is to leverage the power of nursing's unique knowledge to ensure that the healthcare system can deliver the high-quality care patients need and deserve.

ABOUT NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP

The Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office (www.nursefamilypartnership.org) is committed to producing enduring improvements in the health and well-being of low-income, first-time parents and their children by helping communities implement and sustain an evidence-based public health program of home visiting by registered nurses. Nurse-Family Partnership is the most rigorously tested maternal and early childhood health program of its kind. Randomized, controlled trials conducted over 37 years demonstrate multi-generational outcomes that benefit society economically and reduce long-term social service expenditures. Nurse-Family Partnership is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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