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FOR RELEASE: July 9, 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications

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Oklahoma State Department of Health
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Founder of Oklahoma’s Children First Nurse-Family Partnership Programto be Featured on Katie Couric’s American Spirit Series

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – July 9, 2007 - CBS News recently completed interviews with David Olds, PhD – founder of the nationally acclaimed Nurse-Family Partnership program – will be featured on the July 11th American Spirit segment with Katie Couric (broadcast airs 5:30 pm local time). Oklahoma is fortunate to have the Children First Nurse-Family Partnership program at work in our community with staff and clients available for interview for a local tie-in to this national story through the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), Office of Communications at 405/271-5601.

Nurse-Family Partnership is committed to producing enduring improvements in the health and well being of low-income, first-time parents and their children by helping communities implement and sustain an evidence-based program of home visiting by registered nurses. It is the most rigorously tested program of its kind. Randomized, controlled trials conducted over the past 30 years demonstrate multi-generational outcomes that benefit society economically and reduce long-term social service expenditure. Mothers and children who have participated in the program have consistently demonstrated significantly improved prenatal health, fewer childhood injuries, fewer subsequent pregnancies, increased intervals between births, reductions in child abuse and neglect, reduced involvement with crime, increased maternal employment and improved school readiness.

In light of these proven outcomes, United States Senators Ken Salazar of Colorado and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, introduced bipartisan legislation, this past March, to make Nurse-Family Partnership a permanent part of our nation’s child health care system. If adopted, the Healthy Children and Families Act of 2007 (S.1052), would give states the option to incorporate evidence-based, nurse home visiting programs like Nurse-Family Partnership into their Medicaid plans and State Child Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP). In addition, a $10.3 million allocation request was included in the President’s fiscal year 2008 budget to support grants to states and local entities for Nurse-Family Partnership services through the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

For local interviews please call OSDH Office of Communications at 405/271-5601. For additional information, please visit www.nursefamilypartnership.org.


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