Project Lead: David C. Bell, Professor, Sociology, Indiana University
Co-Project Lead: Lisa Crane, Senior Director, Nurse Family Partnership, Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana
Child health and infant mortality are national problems, especially for young low-income mothers who may lack information on childhood milestones and health risks. To build on the documented success of Nurse Family Partnerships (NFP) in addressing this problem, this project proposes to explore opportunities to extend its direct effect by empowering participating NFP mothers to become community maternal-child health advocates. In this way, NFP has the opportunity to serve as a catalyst for a sustainable community culture of maternal-child health.