Welcome to the first quarterly update from the Nursing-Legal Partnership, an innovative program that brings together lawyers and public health nurses to improve the lives of mothers and children living in poverty.
You are receiving this e-mail because you are a colleague, a friend, or because we think you may be interested in new ways to address the health and social needs of families. Going forward, we will share resources, client voices, preliminary evaluation results, and lessons learned along the way. We look forward to sharing this journey with you.
Katherine K. Kinsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCPP
Nurse Administrator & Principal Investigator
Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership &
Mabel Morris Family Home Visit Program
What is the Nursing-Legal Partnership?
In 2016 in Philadelphia, a team of lawyers began working hand-in-hand with nurses who educate and support new parents through the evidence-based Nurse-Family Partnership and Parents As Teachers home visiting programs. As nurses educate parents, lawyers offer concrete support to families in crisis.
Serve at least 300 mothers and children
Improve housing conditions for families living in unsafe and substandard homes
Ensure pregnant women and children have health insurance
Improve economic well-being of vulnerable families
Decrease toxic maternal stress
Evaluate program results
Build a movement for statewide and national replication
All home visiting clients are screened for legal issues that harm health using the I-HELP framework. Many mothers have more than one legal need. In 2016, nurses have identified over 280 unmet legal needs and linked over 150 mothers to the legal team.