Shawnee County Health Department

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Shawnee County Nurse-Family Partnership


Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) focuses on low-income, first-time mothers, a population segment that sometimes has limited access to good parenting information or role models. Women voluntarily enroll as early as possible with nurse home visits, ideally beginning by the 16th week of pregnancy.

The transition to motherhood can be particularly challenging for many low-income, first-time mothers. Many are socially isolated or are experiencing severe adversity and nurse home visits can prove extremely helpful.

Goals of the Program

  • 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; and
  • 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.

The Newborn Home Visits program in which registered nurses visit, provide educational materials, and provide health assessments to both the mother and child within a month of release from the hospital. Registered nurses provide health assessments to both mother and baby after leaving the hospital or birthing center to ensure the healthiest start possible. Families receive physical, social, and nutrition assessments for mother and baby. Education is provided on a variety of topics, including growth, development, and newborn care. Referrals are made to community resources, if needed.

Women of newly delivered babies living in Shawnee County may receive a home visit. Families may be referred through other community resources or individuals may call to receive a visit.

For Families

What to Expect

Your nurse will offer regular home visits throughout your pregnancy and until your baby turns two years of age, in order to provide education, support and guidance. Your nurse can help you get other helpful services in the community. Together, you and your nurse will work on your personal goals to help you and your baby be as successful and healthy as possible.

How to Get Started

Families can contact Bonnie directly at (785) 251-2704.

For Partners

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based, community health program that serves low-income women pregnant with their first child. Each vulnerable new mom is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits. It is a life-transforming partnership, for the mom and her child. NFP helps families - and the communities they live in - become stronger while saving money for state, local and federal governments.

Program Results

With over 35 years of research from randomized, controlled trials prove it works - delivering multi-generational outcomes that benefit communities and reduce the cost of long-term social service programs. The following represent only a few of the outcomes that have been observed among participants in at least one of the trials of the program:

Improved Pregnancy Outcomes:

79% reduction in preterm delivery for women who smoke, and reduction of high-risk pregnancies as a result of greater intervals between first and subsequent births.

35% fewer hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

Improved Child Health and Development:

67% reduction in behavioral and intellectual problems of children at age 6

59% reduction in arrests of children at age 15

56% reduction in emergency room visits for accidents and poisonings

50% reduction in language delays in child at age 21 months

48% reduction in child abuse and neglect

39% fewer injuries among children

Increased Economic Self-Sufficiency:

83% increase of mothers returning to work by the child's 4th birthday

72% fewer convictions of the mother

60% fewer arrest of the mother

46% increase in father's presence in household

32% fewer subsequent pregnancies

20% reduction in months on welfare


  • Women pregnant with their first baby, and must be enrolled by 28 weeks gestation.
  • Low-income
  • Shawnee County resident
Referral Form