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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.