‘Kane Kares’ earns national accolades

By on November 23, 2009

Nurse-Family Partnership program outpacesnational averages
Kane County—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s leading health care philanthropy, has recognized Kane Kares as a Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program that outpaces the national average for Nurse Family Partnership outcomes. Kane Kares is featured in an NFP video produced by the foundation and is highlighted on the foundation’s website.

Started eight years ago in Kane County, the NFP is a national, evidence-based program designed to change the lives of vulnerable first-time mothers and their babies through ongoing home visits from registered nurses. The NFP program is proven to reduce emergency room visits for accidents and injuries, reduce language delays among toddlers, and increased economic self-sufficiency.

“It is gratifying to receive this recognition from such a prestigious foundation,” said Gerry Jones, Chairman of the Public Health Committee. “The Kane County Board has made a significant investment in Kane Kares over the past eight years, and we can see the return—both in terms of dollars and in the health of these youngsters and their families.”

Kane Kares is achieving measurable results that exceed the NFP national averages:

• Only 8.6 percent of Kane Kares infants are born premature. The NFP national average is 9.7 percent and for all Kane County births the average is 10.7 percent.

• Only 7.3 percent of Kane Kares infants are born with low birth weights, compared to 10.6 percent for the NFP national average and 9.3 percent for all births in Kane County.

• Only 13.9 percent of Kane Kares toddlers 12-24 months had emergency room visits or hospitalizations, compared to 15.1 percent for the NFP national average.

The RWJF Kane Kares video can be viewed at www.rwjf.org/files/newsroom/profiles/kane.