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Babies First! is Oregon's public
health nurse home visiting program for pregnant women and children ages 0 through
4 years and their caregivers with health and social histories that put them at
risk for poor health and development outcomes. Working within a public health
model, nurses provide over 25,000 home visits to more than 8,000 high-risk
infants and children each year in Oregon through this program.
"The medical knowledge,
skills, and resources we bring to clients gets us in the door . . .the
relationships we form have the potential for empowering and healing." - from an
Oregon Public Health Nurse working in Babies First!
Public health nurses are the eyes
and ears of our communities. They are conduits of information about an array of
health conditions, and inform systems, communities, individuals and families.
Their professional services are offered through a variety of programs
administered through local county health departments and supported through the
Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. Babies First! is one of a group
of programs that support families. It is a statewide primary and secondary
public health prevention effort for Oregon’s families with pregnant mothers,
children 0 through 4 years of age, and their caregivers.
The goal of Babies First! is to promote health and
well-being during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood through
prevention and early identification of problems.