Celebrating the Launch of Family Connects International
The Sanford School of Public Policy and the Center for Child and Family Policy invite you to attend a reception celebrating the launch of Family Connects International. This event will celebrate the individuals who have been instrumental in the research, implementation, and management of this successful nurse home visiting program which began with a single site in Durham in 2008 and now has become a nonprofit.
The Family Connects model was established in Durham in 2008 through a partnership with the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy, the Center for Child & Family Health, and the Durham County Health Department. It was designed to support whole-person, integrated health for all families of newborns. FCI nurses visit families at their home to assess newborns, mothers, and other household family members to discuss concrete next steps to address opportunities and concerns, including seeking immediate medical care when necessary. The model is in various stages of exploring, planning, implementation, and certification in communities across 18 states, where it aims to connect with at least 80 percent of the newborn families.
According to Executive Director Sherika Hill, "FCI is unique from other nurse-home visiting programs for newborns, including those that are universal, because we are willing to tailor our evidence-based program, implementation guidance, and policy support to the different contexts of our community partners. In doing so, we hope to have a bigger impact for families of newborns as we scale with quality assurance and community accountability."