Providence Alaska In-Home Services receives contract for maternal, infant care

November 07, 2017

Nurse-Family Partnership provides free nursing visits to expectant and new mothers


Anchorage, Alaska — Providence Alaska In-Home Services has been awarded a contract to support continuation of the Nurse-Family Partnership, a program for lower-income, first-time mothers to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and teach the tools and build confidence so their baby can have a healthy start.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services funding to continue this partnership. As part of the program, a registered nurse visits expectant and new mothers in their homes to discuss health, baby’s growth and development, labor and delivery, infant care, and other topics. The Department of Health and Social Services continues to support the Providence nursing team with assistance in quality improvement and program evaluation.

“The Nurse-Family Partnership program helps eligible first-time mothers achieve healthy pregnancies and healthy children, as well as become more proficient in positive parenting skills,” said Deb Seidl, director of Providence In-Home Services. “These funds will help us continue to administer this service, which during the past four years has helped 436 mothers and 283 babies.”

HRSA awarded $342 million in funding to 55 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. These funds allow awardees to continue to provide voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children. 

“Evidence-based home visiting programs help children get off to a better, healthier start,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “Today’s awards allow states to support local agencies in providing home visiting services that meet the needs of families in their own communities.” 

The home-visiting program serves almost 42 percent of U.S. counties with high rates of low birth weight infants, teen births, families living in poverty or infant mortality. More than 3.3 million home visits have been conducted through the program, serving parents and children in 893 counties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories. Three-fourths of families participating in the program had household incomes at or below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

To learn more about the Providence Nurse-Family Partnership program, visit http://alaska.providence.org/services/n/nursefamily.

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Providence Alaska Medical Center, a nationally recognized trauma center, is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: alaska.providence.org.