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. Our 10-year 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 closed recruitment in late 2016.The CHPC study team is following each of the 739 families until children reach their second birthday and until all families have completed a series of interviews.

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

According to BC’s longstanding intentions, regional Health Authorities will be offering NFP to all eligible women — as a program embedded within other public health services — starting in late 2016. The regional Health Authorities, together with the BC Ministry of Heath, are responsible for all aspects of planning and implementing the ongoing delivery of NFP as a provincial program from here.

For more information on the program, 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.

Features

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

  • BC Healthy Connections Project Update June 5, 2017 Here is a progress update on the BC Healthy Connections Project — a scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP). We closed recruitment in the randomized controlled trial (RCT) last December with 739 families enrolled across four of the five participating regional Health Authorities: 406 from Fraser Health; 84 from Vancouver Coastal Health; 122 from Interior ... Read More
  • Study milestone reached December 14, 2016 BC Healthy Connections recruitment closing as planned Recruitment into the randomized controlled trial known as the BC Healthy Connections Project (BCHCP) closed on Dec. 16. This recruitment — which started three years ago, in October 2013 — stood at 739 families at time of closure, a sample size large enough to estimate the effects of the Nurse-Family Partnership ... Read More
  • 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