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If we had a wish for one big gift for Spokane this morning – something that would be a true gift to the health of the community long into the future – it would be for an expansion of the health district’s Nurse-Family Partnership.
The Spokane County nurse-family partnership program will expand to serve 50 more families in 2020 after a $293,000 boost in funding from state lawmakers.
Spokane Regional Health District is expanding its Nurse Family Partnership program, which uses evidence-based approaches to improve maternal and early childhood health.
RATHDRUM – After her daughter was born, Cory Campbell had lots of questions. Baby Arya was crying. Was she hungry or just fussy?
A program proven to improve the lives of low-income, first-time mothers and their babies will be offered in Kootenai and Shoshone counties within the coming year, thanks to a cross-state collaboration. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is contracting with the Spokane Regional Health District to bring the state’s first Nurse-Family Partnership to the two North Idaho counties.
Shay and Jaydon Moss are the reason the Nurse Family Partnership exists, and it is quite possible the reverse is also true. Were it not for the Spokane Regional Health District’s home nursing program for first-time mothers, the twin boys may not have made it to their second birthday in good health last week.
While politicians wrestle with a multibillion-dollar rescue of Wall Street, a young Spokane family living in a Third Avenue motel room tries to make it on $8.50 an hour. Thanks to a program that connects nurses with vulnerable first-time mothers, the family’s chances of raising a healthy child in a stable environment are greater. And a year after its launch, the Nurse Family Partnership is growing – and seeing results.