Nurse-Family Partnership focus of weekly message

By Tom LEhman 10:13pm, August 22, 2014 - Updated 7:06pm, August 23, 2014
Delaware Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. (YouTube screenshot)
The head of Delaware's Division of Public Health talked about the state's Nurse-Family Partnership as she filled in for Gov. Jack Markell and stood in to deliver his weekly message.

Dr. Karyl Rattay says the program brings nurses to low-income mothers before the 28th week of pregnancy through the child’s second birthday.

"Nurses make as many as 75 total visits by the time a child turns two," Rattay says. "The initiative is based on over 37 years of research and has found amazing results: a decrease in pre-term deliveries for women who smoke and nearly a 50 percent reduction in child abuse and neglect cases."

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Rattay says those mothers are more likely to eat healthy, stop smoking, enroll in school, find work, and have outcomes for their kids.

VIDEO: Dr. Karyl Rattay delivers the Governor's weekly message

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