Taking care of the youngest – and often the most vulnerable – members of our community is a priority at VNASC. We do this in three very important ways: through our school nursing program, through our Maternal-Child Health program, and through our Nurse-Family Partnership Program.
Since the early 1900′s, school districts have recognized the contribution of school nurses to the health and welfare of their students. The health needs of students and their families addressed by those early school nurses are the same needs that today’s school students and families face – availability of adequate health care, nutrition, health education, and access to community resources. But today’s school nurses have many more skills and tools to meet those needs. Indeed, school nursing has grown and flourished in a profession that has undergone many changes based on nursing research and healthcare trends. To read more about our school nursing program, click here.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut’s Maternal-Child Health program provides home health care to women in the ante-partum and post-partum period as well as nursing care to newborns, infants, and children up to the age of 18. Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based program for low-income, first-time mothers and their babies that is making a real difference in prenatal health, birth outcomes, planned pregnancies, maternal employment and school readiness. To learn more about it click here.