State Funds Awarded for Expanded, New NFP Programs

Three community health centers and two local Healthy Start Coalitions were awarded state funding to expand or establish Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) programs to serve first-time mothers living in low-income communities.

nfpBrevard Health Alliance, Community Health of South Florida, Citrus Health Network in Miami; and, Healthy Start Coalitions in Hillsborough and Orange Counties received support following a competitive application and review process.

NFP is designed for first-time, low-income mothers and their children. It includes one-on-one home visits by a trained nurse to participating clients who enroll voluntarily. The visits begin early in the woman’s pregnancy and conclude when the woman’s child turns 2 years old.

The funding was included in the 2016 state budget and is administered by Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions under a contract with the Florida Department of Health. Per legislative proviso, eligible applicants included local Healthy Start Coalitions and /or Federally Qualified Community Health Centers. Proposals were reviewed and scored by an expert panel established by the NFP National Service Office. Twelve applications were submitted by local agencies.