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."
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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