The WCC is the new home for the Anderson county Nurse Family Partnership Program (NFP), a nationall recognized, evidenced- based program for first time moms. The program, funded by South Carolina First Steps and Duke Endowmen, is being implemented by South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) Region 1 in collaboration with community partners. Founding community organizations include Anderson County First Steps, Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, AnMed Health, SCDHEC Region 1, DocLink, Imagine Anderson, and United Way of Anderson County.
Under the program, first-time mothers who meet financial eligibility guidelines will meet with a registered nurse early in pregnancy. Nurse visits will continue until the child’s second birthday. Visits will focus on developing behaviors that support healthy pregnancies and children, school readiness, and self-sufficiency. In its 30-year history, NFP has shown substantial, consistent, and dramatic results:
- 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect
- 56% reduction in emergency room visits for accidents and poisonings
- 59% reduction in arrests at child age 15
- 72% fewer convictions of mothers at child age 15
Independent research shows that communities benefit from this relationship between nurses and first-time parents. Every dollar invested in NFP can yield more than $5 in return.
The six members of the NFP staff include Alice Bagby, Coleman Tanner, Catherine Jones, Wendy Wright, Chianti Banks, and Mary Beth Peurifoy. Referrals are coming in and the caseload is steadily increasing. The public is also encouraged to make referrals to the program.
Anderson County was selected as one of the first sites in South Carolina because it demonstrated strong community collaboration and had the capacity for being able to achieve the outcomes of the program. Call 864-716-3860 for more information.
An editorial in the Anderson Independent-Mail stated, “The money, time and effort expended for these families bear fruit in ways other than reduced personal hardships. As families become more independent and as their lives prosper, so do their prospects and the prospects of the next generation.”