Community forum looks at program for new moms

TUPELO – On Friday, people in Tupelo can check out a national program that could help new mothers and their children in Mississippi.
The state is being considered for a Nurse-Family Partnership Program. The community forum from 10 a.m. to noon Friday is designed to discuss the program and feasibility of implementing the national program in this state, said Valerie Long, executive director of Tupelo’s CATCH Kids.
The NurseFamily Partnership, which began more than 30 years ago in New York, helps vulnerable mothers pregnant with their first child.
Under the community program, each pregnant mom is partnered with a registered nurse who makes ongoing visits starting in early pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second birthday.
Participants in Friday’s town hall meeting at the Hancock Leadership Center in Tupelo will see what three local focus groups thought of the program.
CATCH Kids, which provides school-based and community clinics for children, is hosting the community forum as part of a state wide effort to gauge interest in the program, Long said. If Mississippi is eventually chosen to move ahead with the program, another agency would oversee the program.

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