Healthy Start Kitsap fosters community commitment and partnerships that strengthen the health and independence of vulnerable Kitsap families.

Healthy Start Kitsap provides support for Kitsap County's Nurse-Family Partnership®, a program that provides services to first-time, low-income mothers and their infants from the start of the second trimester of pregnancy to the child's second birthday. The program helps change the lives of mothers and newborns through ongoing home visits from specially trained registered nurses. The nurses build their clients' skills, confidence and optimism. They empower young parents with the skills and abilities to plan their own futures.

Healthy Start Kitsap partners with the Kitsap Public Health District to support Kitsap's only Nurse Family Partnership program. More than 35 years of evidence from randomized, controlled trials proves the Nurse Family Partnership's effectiveness in reducing child abuse, improving a families' economic independence, and reducing behavioral and intellectual problems among children.

Research studies show that mothers who participate in this program have positive behaviors toward their infant’s health, assume the role of sensitive and competent parent, locate supportive services for herself and her child and set goals in relation to education, employment and future pregnancies.

Kitsap’s Nurse-Family Partnership changes lives for generations to come.

Nurse Family Partnership Results

  • Improved prenatal health
  • Fewer childhood injuries
  • Fewer subsequent pregnancies
  • Increased intervals between births
  • Increased maternal employment
  • Improved school readiness

This program returns $3.00 to $5.00 to society for every $1.00 invested. This is a way to build tomorrow’s society and empower a society where families are stronger and we spend less on jails and policing because we have spent more on building positive family structures. The Nurse Family Partnership has a 35-year track record. Check it out at www.nursefamilypartnership.org!

Please support our vital efforts to improve health and independence of families in our communty. Please make a donation today and contact us for other ways that you can help build a secure future for Kitsap County!

Vision

Empowering first-time mothers to provide a healthy start for their babies.

Mission

Healthy Start Kitsap fosters community commitment and partnerships that strengthen the health and independence of vulnerable Kitsap families.

Testimonials

Shanice
"When I was pregnant, I felt I didn't have anybody to lean on. I was so lucky to have a nurse like her."
- Shanice, 17-year-old first-time mom

Further Reading

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/sep/23/national-nurse-visitation-program-now-up-and-in/

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/oct/02/letter-to-the-editor-visiting-nurse-program-will/

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