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MCH Public Health Nurse Home Visiting Programs

Public Health Nurse home visiting programs are operated out of local health departments with training and technical assistance provided by the State Public Health Division. Public Health nurses provide comprehensive assessments, case management and individual teaching. Public Health nurses help clients set goals for making healthy lifestyle choices and fostering personal growth. Programs include Nurse Family Partnership, Babies First! and CaCoon.

To ask about receiving services or to refer your patients to these programs, contact your local health department.


Nurse Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based, community health program that helps transform the lives of vulnerable mothers pregnant with their first child.

Babies First!

Babies First! is a nurse home visiting program for families with babies and young children up to age 5. The goal of Babies First! is to help families make sure that their babies are healthy as they grow and learn.


CaCoon is a statewide public health nurse home visiting program that focuses on community-based CAre COordinatiON for children with special health needs. CaCoon Nurses have provided services in most Oregon counties for over 20 years.


The Oregon Public Health Division administers Perinatal and Babies First State funding that is distributed to local public health departments on a formula basis. Public health nurse home visiting programs also rely on the leveraging of Targeted Case Management (TCM) funds.

Data and Evaluation

Overview of the research demonstrating the benefits and positive outcomes related to participation in public health nurse home visiting programs in Oregon.

Training and Education Resources