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Nurse Family Partnership for Pregnant Adolescents

Pregnant adolescents are at higher risk for anemia and dropping out of school, and their infants are at higher risk for a low birth weight, infant mortality and abuse and neglect.

Nurse Family Partnership administered by Public Health Seattle & King County, promotes healthy child development by providing public health nursing services to low-income, adolescent women who are pregnant for the first time. Eighty-five percent of the mothers served are from minority communities who dont have good access to health care. They are enrolled prior to 28 weeks of pregnancy and are followed until the children are two years old.

Services include in-home nurse visits; health assessments of the mother and infant; health education; child development evaluation; and referrals to prenatal care, health insurance, housing, child care, public assistance, school, work training and other services. Nurse Family Partnership services have proven to be effective in improving birth and infant health outcomes, increasing young mothers engagement in school or work, and decreasing incidents of child abuse and neglect.

The City of Seattle has funded Public Health - Seattle & King County for Nurse Family Partnership since 2002.


For more information about Nurse Family Partnership call 206-205-7220.

For more information about City of Seattle public health programs and services, call 206-684-0684 or e-mail

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Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

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