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Children First empowers first-time eligible families to care for themselves and their babies by providing information and education, assessing health, safety and development and providing linkages to community resources, thereby promoting the well-being of families through public health nurse home visitation, ultimately benefiting multiple generations.
To promote a continuum of healthy pregnancies, healthy babies, healthy families and healthy communities.
Children First, Oklahoma's NFP, was created by state statute in 1996 and funded with state appropriations. In February 1997, four pilot sites with 19 nurses were based in Garfield, Garvin, Muskogee and Tulsa Counties. By October 1998, services were available in all 77 counties making Oklahoma the first state to institute the Nurse-Family Partnership statewide.
As of June 2007, the county health department staff consists of 170 public health nurses providing home visits, and 28 nurse supervisors. Training, quality assurance through site visits and audits, as well as general consultation is provided to the Children First nurses by Children First program staff out of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Central Office staff is housed in the Family Support and Prevention Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health and consists of a director, three nurse consultants, an epidemiologist and other administrative staff.
Through collaboration with our public health partners, Children First is improving pregnancy outcomes, child health and development and family self-sufficiency. The University of Oklahoma College of Public Health found that in a four-year period, Children First had prevented 22 very premature births and 14 very low birth weight babies. In addition, Children First babies were about one-half the risk of dying during their first year compared to a retrospective control group.
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