Originally launched in January 1, 2018, the NS MVP is comprised of Public Health Nurses from Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Manchester, Marblehead, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Swampscott, and Wenham. NS MVP uses an evidence-based home visiting structure modeled after the Massachusetts Department of Health’s Welcome Family Program. Additionally, universal, one-time nurse visits are offered to mothers/caregivers who welcome a baby in the program catchment areas, regardless of age, income, risk, or number of children.
During the visit, the nurse identifies and addresses family needs through screening, brief intervention, education and support, and making appropriate referrals to community resources. The goal of the program is to connect moms and infants to the community thereby enabling them to utilize resources designed to improve health and well-being during the first year. This initiative provides caregivers with instructions on how to care for newborns and offers basic essentials needed for infants including cribettes, diapers, wipes, infant hats, and children’s books. To set up an in-home visit, please contact our Public Health Nurse at (978) 325-5266.