New Mexico Foundation Places Nurses in Family Service Agencies to Improve Immunization Rates, Reduce Parental Smoking and Screen Parents for Alcohol Abuse

Community health nursing program for low-income, rural children

In 2001, the New Mexico Community Foundation placed nurses in eight family service agencies to increase child immunization rates and refer families for tobacco and alcohol addiction treatment.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Local Funding Partnerships.

Key Results:

  • Immunization rates improved among children aged 19–35 months at seven of the eight agencies, with four exceeding the 90 percent target.
  • Health screenings identified 70 parents as smokers who received services in the six agencies that participated for the full length of the project, and 20 percent of these reported a decrease in tobacco use during the project.
  • The six agencies that participated for the full length of the project screened anywhere from 76 to 100 percent of parents for alcohol use, and referred 26 people (from 356 families) for help with drinking problems.

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