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Pregnant adolescents and young moms face many challenges

January 20, 2020

Although the teen pregnancy rate has declined in BC, many pregnant adolescents and young moms continue to experience added challenges, such a struggling with low income, high rents and insufficient social supports. As well, healthcare providers often fail to adequately reach this population. Nurse-Family Partnership works to address these challenges by actively supporting and empowering young families.

Depressed parents need speedy treatment

January 13, 2020

When a parent is depressed, the entire family is affected. And when a parent receives effective treatment, such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, the entire family can benefit. For example, children often experience more positive moods when the affected parent’s mood improves. For more information, see Vol. 4, No. 4 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly.

Policymakers, practitioners and researchers working together for kids

January 6, 2020

The policy-practice-research collaboration behind the BC Healthy Connections Project — a scientific evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership program — is unique. It allows research to be put to use quickly to make a difference for kids and families. Policy and practice partners come from the BC Ministries of Health, Children and Family Development and Mental Health and Addictions, and from four BC regional Health Authorities (Fraser, Vancouver Coastal, Interior and Island Health). The research team comes from four universities (Simon Fraser, McMaster, the University of BC and the University of Victoria).

Economic measures can help reduce substance use

December 16, 2019

Policy-makers can use economic measures to help reduce problematic substance use for young people. In particular, setting higher taxes on beverages with higher alcohol content has been shown to reduce harmful drinking in young people. For more information, see Vol. 4, No. 3 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly.



Nurse-Family Partnership is more than 40 years old

December 9, 2019

Developed more than 40 years ago by Dr. David Olds, Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Nursing at the University of Colorado, Denver, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) involves nurses visiting young, low-income, first-time mothers in their homes, roughly twice a month. These home visits start during pregnancy and continue until children reach their second birthday. This program has now been helping US families for more than 40 years.