Family Health

Care for at-risk families to promote health, development and self-sufficiency

MVNA provides family-centered and community-based public health nursing services to clients from diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Public Health Nurses (PHNs) work with families in their homes and other community settings. In coordination with health care providers and local community agencies, PHNs help:

  • Promote healthy birth outcomes and positive parent-infant relationships.
  • Encourage healthy growth and development for infants and young children.
  • Prevent complications of illness and chronic disease conditions.
  • Promote healthy and safe environments.
  • Encourage family self-sufficiency, school attendance and use of community resources.

In-Home Family Services

MVNA’s in-home Family Health services include:

  • Assessment of health status, home safety, depression, barriers to self sufficiency and use of community resources.
  • Health teaching and counseling related to pregnancy, birth, child growth and development, healthy lifestyle behaviors and personal safety. Multiple teaching methods are used including written information, audiovisual materials, role modeling and hands-on exercises.
  • Linking with community resources such as WIC, MFIP, schools, Early Childhood Family. Education, Follow Along, Child and Teen Checkups, Help Us Grow, Way to Grow and HUG.

Family Health Programs

Pregnancy Support Program

  • Assessment, teaching and support for pregnant women with special emphasis on adolescence

Postpartum and Newborn Home Visiting

  • Skilled nursing assessments of newborns and newly-delivered mothers

Long Term Home Visiting

  • Home visiting programs to support families during pregnancy and up to age 3, including Nurse Family Partnership and Healthy Family America

Therapeutic and Ill Child Program

  • NBICU follow-up – nursing services for infants discharged from the NBICU
  • Pediatric Asthma and Lead programs – disease management, health promotion and teaching
  • Chronically ill children and children with special needs – focus on teaching disease management for long term health

Referral Information

To receive MVNA Family Health services, clients must be low income.

If you have identified someone who could benefit from the services offered by MVNA, please call our Intake office at 612-617-4700 or submit an online referral form.