Thirteen Families Graduate from the Nutaqsiivik Home Visiting Program

Danelle Whitmore, baby Marcelo Garzaro, and Hugo Garzaro celebrate being a part of the Nutaqsiivik program.

For the past 25 years, SCF has provided home visiting services for pregnant women and their families. Originally aiming to improve the post-neonatal infant mortality rate of Alaska Native infants, the program has evolved to focus on improving pregnancy outcomes, children’s health outcomes, family wellness, and children’s readiness for school. Using the evidence-based Nurse-Family Partnership model, registered nurses conduct visits with moms and their families during pregnancy through the first two years of a child’s life. They provide extensive case management and address psychological, social, and spiritual needs. The nurses are an extension of the family’s primary care team and help to address issues that affect child and family well-being. In 2018, the Nutaqsiivik program served 216 families and completed over 2,300 home visits.

Twice a year, Nutaqsiivik employees hold a graduation event to honor and recognize families completing the program. In June, 13 families officially graduated from SCF’s Nutaqsiivik Nurse-Family Partnership program. The Hawaiian-themed graduation included more than 80 attendees who celebrated with music, face painting, games, and lots of baby snuggles and toddler chasing.

by Karen Cheung

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