Nurse Home Visitation Programs
Jefferson County Public Health offers a wide range of services to help mothers and their babies get off to a healthy start. Whether you are pregnant, have a newborn, toddler or perhaps several young children, connecting with public health programs and services can benefit your family’s health. If you'd like to apply for a home visitation or refer someone to the program, please fill out the Public Health Nurse Home Referral form.
The Family Collaboration Program (PDF) is a voluntary home visit program for any family referred from the Jefferson County Human Services Department. Collaboration nurses offer parenting support, stress management tools and information regarding nutrition, feeding and care of children, birth control and behavioral issues. Nurses can offer support to moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers and provide services on average from 4 to 7 months.
Families receive the greatest benefit when they meet with the nurse at least eight times. Caseworkers and families with an open case or assessment with the child welfare system can request services, and services can extend past case closure. Caseworkers make a referral through the CAT system. For more information, please call 303-275-7517 or email us, and ask for a nurse in the collaborations program.
Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP)
The HCP program provides in-depth, one-on-one care coordination for families of children (birth to 21 years) who have special health care needs. Examples of care coordination activities include assistance with identifying local services, finding insurance or other financial resources and supporting important transitions such as from hospital to home or from child to adult care. Care Coordinators work as a team to advocate for the child, identify and prioritize needs and develop a plan to achieve goals. HCP staff also work in the Jefferson County community to increase collaboration and support systems for families.
HCP helps the families of children with or at risk for conditions such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Cleft palate
- Cystic fibrosis
- Developmental disabilities
- Kidney disease
- Loss of hearing or sight
- Sickle cell anemia
In Colorado, 15% of children (more than 225,000 kids) have special healthcare needs. Healthcare providers or community agencies can fax a referral (PDF) to 303-239-7157 and/or download the HCP Brochure (o en español). If you have questions about whether your child or a child you may know might qualify, please call 303-239-7006.
Nurse Family Partnership
The Nurse Family Partnership program is a free prenatal and early childhood nurse home visitation program for first-time mothers who meet financial guidelines. If you are pregnant with your first baby, or your first child is less than one month old, you can enroll in Nurse-Family Partnership and have your own nurse visit you in your home or some other convenient location until your baby turns two years old. In Colorado, this program is free, voluntary and open to any woman eligible for WIC and/or Medicaid even if you don’t use those services.
When you enroll, your nurse will want to understand what is important to you for your life and your baby. Your public health nurse can bring information and resources on many topics such as your health, your baby’s health, labor and delivery, feeding and caring for your baby, how to understand your baby’s different cries and body language, and how you can help your baby to have the best development physically, socially, emotionally and mentally. As you get to know your nurse, you will find someone you can trust and turn to when you have questions and concerns. Your nurse will be there for you.
For more information, to refer a family or to schedule a home visit, please call 303-239-7074.
Pregnancy is a time of change, growth, discovery and plenty of questions. Prenatal Plus is a voluntary program help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby whether you are first-time or more experienced mom. To qualify for Prenatal Plus you must be pregnant and have Medicaid or be eligible for Medicaid.
Prenatal Plus offers nurse home visitations to women during pregnancy and for up to 2 months after the baby is born. Prenatal Plus team members offer support and education, providing answers to questions about pregnancy, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, birth control and how to care for your baby. This program for Medicaid recipients offers home or office visits to support healthy lifestyle choices, including healthy eating and tobacco free living. The Prenatal Plus team can also provide community resources for you and your baby.
To have a Prenatal Plus nurse help you with your pregnancy, complete this form. For more information, please contact Public Health or call 303-275-7517 and ask for a nurse in the Prenatal Plus program.