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New Mothers and Children Benefit from Partnership

by UPMC Susquehanna

UPMC Susquehanna’s Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) and the Pearls with a Passion Fund of First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania have joined together to fund child-safety programming in the Williamsport community. Over the past year, $3,500 in funding granted to Pearls with a Passion has helped NFP provide child safety items and education to more than 161 families.

“Nurse-Family Partnership is committed to keeping children safe and healthy by providing education, support, and mentoring for first-time moms,” said Alison Farley, RN, Supervisor of the Nurse-Family Partnership at UPMC Susquehanna. “Our program is dependent on grant funding, and by partnering with local organizations like the First Community Partnership of Pennsylvania we can help secure resources to not only offer critical programming to the region, but also advance and expand services.”

November is National Child Safety and Prevention Month, and the leading causes of death to children are injuries and accidents. Studies show that children in low-income families experience higher injury rates related to both environmental and human factors. “Our nurses educate new moms regarding ways to maintain the health and safety of their child. Our average client is 19 years old with a household income of $16,000. The program helps provide the safety items and education that these mothers would not have access to otherwise,” commented Farley.

UPMC Susquehanna’s Nurse-Family Partnership has been serving the Lycoming County area for over 15 years. Each mother that NFP serves is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through her child’s second birthday.

For more information on the Nurse-Family Partnership, visit UPMCSusquehanna.org.