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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Gretchen Thaller, Maternal and Child Health Manager – Public Health and Social Services, (360) 867-2545 or thalleg@co.thurston.wa.us 

County’s Nurse-Family Partnership Program Awarded More Than $790,000
Funds will improve access and quality of care for vulnerable families

​OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program was awarded $796,892 by the NFP National Service Office Incentive Fund. These funds will be distributed over a three year period and offer an opportunity to partner with NFP's National Service Office, which provides existing and new organizations with the funding to expand NFP.

The Thurston County Public Health and Social Services NFP program is part of a tri-county partnership and serves families in Thurston, Lewis, and Mason Counties. The funding will improve access and quality of care for the most vulnerable families in these Counties. It also supports an increase in nursing staff that will serve 85 additional families in the three county region.  

Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence based home visiting program in which registered nurses partner with mothers to provide support, information, and resources for their babies and families until the babies turn two years old. The partnership between the nurses and mothers empowers the parent(s) and families to create a safe and nurturing environment where their children can thrive.

Program data shows that NFP reduces:

  • Infant mortality by 48 percent
  • Smoking during pregnancy by 25 percent
  • Preterm births by 18 percent
  • Emergency department use related to childhood injuries by 34 percent
  • Child maltreatment by 33 percent
  • Youth alcohol, tobacco & marijuana use by 56 percent
  • Childhood behavioral and intellectual problems by 67 percent

Additionally, the program significantly improves breastfeeding and immunization rates. Ninety-seven percent of NFP moms breastfeed their newborns which helps improve a child's health. By age two, 97 percent of children enrolled in the program are fully immunized, and 85 percent have received well-child visits at a physician's office. The NFP program creates positive outcomes including healthy full term births and birth weights, improved child health development, and empowering families to achieve economic stability.

The funds were awarded on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, but were not announced by the NFP National Service Office until Thursday, February 21, 2019. 


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3