Development of an academic practice partnership to improve maternal child health

Academic Article


  • This manuscript describes one nursing school's innovative community-based partnership with community organizations and Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), an established nurse home visiting program for first-time, low income mothers and infants. The aim of this academic nursing endeavor with the community and NFP is to improve the health and well-being of low-income, first time mothers and their children while also providing comprehensive, population-based nursing experiences for students and service leadership and scholarship opportunities for faculty. The academic-practice community partnership described here makes a case for utilizing the expertise and capacity of a nursing school to implement and administer an NFP program and serves as an exemplar for the recommendations described in the New Era for Academic Nursing report (AACN, 2016). The value of forming partnerships between a public health department, the philanthropic community and an academic nursing institution is highlighted. In this case, the three organizations partnering together around a common purpose of improving birth outcomes enabled the partnership to accomplish more than any individual organization could have accomplished alone.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 18155434
  • Author List

  • Knight CC; Selleck CS; Wakefield R; Horton JE; Wilson ME; Harper DC
  • Start Page

  • 116
  • End Page

  • 122
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 3