BC Healthy Connections Project

NFP is an intensive home-visiting program designed to help young first-time mothers and their children. The goals are to improve children’s health and development, while also improving mothers’ life situations. While Nurse-Family Partnership was tested in a pilot study at McMaster University in Ontario, it has never been fully evaluated in Canada before. Over the next five years our evaluation will determine how well this program works in BC communities.

The BCHCP is being funded by the BC Ministry of Health, with support from the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development and five BC Health Authorities (Fraser Health, Interior Health, Island Health, Northern Health and Vancouver Coastal Health). Funding is also being provided by the Mowafaghian Foundation and the R & J Stern Family Foundation. Charlotte Waddell and Harriet MacMillan are the Nominated Co-Principal Investigators. Nicole Catherine is the Scientific Director and Co-Principal Investigator. Susan Jack and Debbie Sheehan are also Co-Principal Investigators.

The Nurse-Family Partnership is being evaluated using randomized controlled trial (RCT) methods investigating how the program compares with existing health and social services. We are also conducting two adjunctive studies: a process evaluation, determining how well the intervention is being implemented and what factors may be influencing its outcomes and a Healthy Foundations Study, examining biological markers of health outcomes for children over the first two years of life.

We launched the RCT in October  2013 and expect to recruit into 2016. Child and maternal outcomes will be evaluated throughout pregnancy and until children reach their second birthday.

Health Authorities are managing all referrals. Referral information for physicians and midwives is available here.

For more information, please contact your family doctor or midwife, local Health Authority or Donna Jepsen, NFP Provincial Coordinator with the BC Ministry of Health at 604-775-0336.

Please note that for the duration of the BCHCP recruitment the NFP program is available only through this research study.

You can reach the BC Healthy Connections Project by email at: bchcp@nullsfu.ca


The three most recent features are linked below. To go to a page containing all the BCHCP features, please click here.

  • Interior Health Authority works to see NFP continue October 11, 2016 When Roger Parsonage watched a Kamloops Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) graduation event for young mothers and their toddlers back in May, he was struck by what the ceremony represented. Mothers and their children stood at the centre of the room. Nurses stood close by. And, in a semicircle at the back, stood everyone else from Interior Health. “It ... Read More
  • Why BC needs to do ‘both/and’ when it comes to health June 6, 2016 When talking about the healthcare system, Jan Tatlock likes to quote Albert Einstein. He defined insanity as, “doing the same thing and expecting a different result.” For Tatlock, director of public health for BC’s Island Health Authority on Vancouver Island, insanity means spending money only on the sick and otherwise ignoring public health and prevention. “If we ... Read More
  • Helping children by working “upstream” March 21, 2016 Health policymakers and practitioners often use words like “downstream” or “upstream” to describe the vastly different points at which people may receive care. Downstream means late in the process, well after the onset of a problem, and often long after a problem has become entrenched. For example, a child who is treated for an anxiety disorder ... Read More