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Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) empowers first-time mothers living in poverty to successfully change their lives and the lives of their children through evidence-based nurse home visiting.

“We’ve served moms who have entered the program in middle school through middle-age. Our objective and unrelenting duty is to assist these mothers in maintaining a healthy pregnancy, parent their child with competence and compassion and break the binds of poverty.”

-Ursula Douglas, NFP Program Manager

Three Important NFP Goals

  • To improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in preventive health practices, including obtaining thorough prenatal care from their health care providers; improving their diets; and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances
  • To improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care
  • To 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

NFP Program Outcomes

As an evidence-based primary prevention program, studies have shown the following consistent program outcomes:

  • Improved prenatal health
  • Fewer subsequent pregnancies
  • Increased maternal employment
  • Increased intervals between births
  • Improved school readiness
  • Fewer childhood injuries
  • Participants are less likely than their peers to rely on social assistance programs. A RAND corporation study estimates for every $1 spent in NFP, Care Ring accrues $5.70 in avoided government assistance costs.

For current information on Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) working in Mecklenburg County, please click here

For more information on NFP, please call 704-375-0172.

pictured above: Ursula Douglas, Nurse-Family Partnership Program Manager with Barbara “Barb” Pellin.

Barb donated the framed print and family heirloom of 1911 Mahoning and Shenago Railway and Light Company to Care Ring. Barb currently serves the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as an Assistant Superintendent for Pre-K Support Services.

Barb has championed for children, youth, and family health for her forty-year career with the public schools and health department. Additionally, Pellin has been instrumental in the Charlotte community as a passionate board member to over 10 non-profit organizations including United Family Services, Communities in Schools, Teen Health Connection, UNCC Nursing Advisory, Mecklenburg Medical Society, and the YWCA.

Thank you to Barb for her continued support of Care Ring!

Nurse-Family Partnership: A Social Program that Works
Nurse-Family Partnership touted as by the New York Times and the News Observer as one of the top social programs that work. See the article by Ron Haskins, of the Brookings Institution and former advisor to President George W. Bush.  Click here and here to read his article.