Meeting of NFP Nurse Supervisors – New York

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On Thursday, 16th April, I met with the Nurse Family Partnership supervisors of New York. We met in the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. I was intrigued by the name of the Department, and found a fascinating chronology of the Department, which has been serving the people of New York for over two hundred years. See here, if you want to know more – http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/history/chronology-1966centennial.pdf and also here – http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/about/bicentennial.shtml

New York City comprises five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island – which were consolidated into a single city in 1898. The census-estimated 2014 population of 8,491,079 is distributed over a land area of just 790 km2. Brooklyn has an area of 251 km2  and an estimated population of 2.6 million people. As a comparison, the area of Hume City comprises 503 km2  and a 2105 population forecast of 193,650.

New York City is going through one of the biggest baby booms in its history. The number of children under the age of 5 living in the city has increased by more than 32 percent.

  • # of births in NYC in 2013: 120,457
    • Note: includes all births occurring in NYC regardless of residence
  • NYC NFP data through March 2015:
    • # of sites: 7
    • # of nurses employed (FTE): 88.5
    • # of women served since program inception: 12,283

The nurse supervisors were interested to hear about the Maternal and Child health service in Victoria, and the comparatively straightforward funding model enjoyed by our service. In New York, NFP is funded by a number of agencies, including philanthropic, government, and the not-for-profit sectors. The funding is generally non-recurrent, however, the program is so well established in NYC, planning occurs on the basis that the programs will continue to be funded.

I was very happy to meet with Jo-Ellen again (from Staten Island) and also to meet Hilary Fairbanks, who kindly invited me to meet with the Brooklyn nurses, in the following week.