Visiting Nurse Association

VNA of St. Luke’s Nurse-Family Partnership

Visiting Nurse Association

The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a voluntary, evidence-based home visitation program in which Registered Nurses with specialized education visit low-income, at-risk mothers from early in pregnancy through the first two years of the child’s life to accomplish three goals:

  • Improve pregnancy outcomes
  • Improve child health and development
  • Improve families’ economic self-sufficiency


  • First time Moms must enroll before 28 weeks gestation
  • Pregnant Moms who already have a child must enroll prior to delivery
  • Low Income
  • Lives in Lehigh or Northampton County

*Entry into the program early in pregnancy is correlated with higher program retention and completion

Please contact 484-526-2786 or with any questions!



The NFP is based on over 38 years of research and is aligned with the National Service office for NFP that continues to conduct ongoing research and data collection to continue to improve the program. The NFP program is the gold standard for evidence-based home visitation programs. The NFP model draws from three distinct strands of theory: human ecology, self-efficacy, and attachment. These theoretical strands woven together within a professional nursing framework, produce a unique program of great depth, breadth and vitality.

Family Outcomes from NFP randomized control trials have shown:

Improvement in women’s prenatal health:

  • 79% reduction in preterm delivery for women who smoke, and reductions in high-risk pregnancies as a result of greater intervals between first and subsequent births

Improved Child Health and Development:

  • Reduction in criminal activity 59% reduction in child arrests at age 15
  • Reduction in injuries 39% fewer injuries among children
  • 56% reduction in emergency room visits for accidents and poisonings
  • 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect
  • Increase in children’s school readiness 50% reduction in language delays of child age 21 months
  • 67% reduction in behavioral/ intellectual problems at age six

Increased Economic Self-Sufficiency:

  • Fewer unintended subsequent pregnancies
    • 32% fewer subsequent pregnancies
  • Increase in maternal employment
    • 82% increase in months employed
  • Reduction in welfare use
    • 20% reduction in months on welfare
  • Increase in father involvement
    • 68% increase in father’s presence in household
  • Reduction in criminal activity
    • 61% fewer arrests of the mother; 72% fewer convictions of the mother


In addition to many of the social impacts NFP can have on families we are proud to report that the VNA of St. Luke’s outcomes exceed even state and national NFP averages for infant immunization rates, birth outcomes, mothers enrolled in GED/diploma programs, workforce participation, and subsequent pregnancy rates.