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Each child brings the promise of a healthier, stronger future for Utah. To make good on that promise, Utah needs to make sure children can grow up healthy, from the prenatal period all the way through their teenage years.

Kids need to be able to see a doctor, have good nutrition, opportuni ties to run and play, and get the health care that prevents problems later in life. Communities, families, schools, and child care settings all can help ensure a healthy start.

Contact Lawmakers to Support Evidence-based Home Visiting Programs
 Here is a simple email form to help you email lawmakers about funding evidence-based home visiting. You can also fill out the form in full-screen version here.
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Support for New Parents
In 2013, the Utah Department of Health interviewed Utah mothers who had experienced poor birth outcomes such as preterm birth, stillbirth, or infant death. Several women mentioned the importance of a support network. As one mother said, "I would love that. I would seriously love it. I don't know anybody." Evidence-based home visiting programs, such as Nurse-Family Partnership, are voluntary community health programs that support new and expecting parents. A registered nurse provides ongoing home visits to low-income, first time mothers...
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Uninsured Rates High for Hispanic Children
Utah has Highest Uninsured Rate for Hispanic Children in the Nation Every child in Utah should have a chance to succeed. When it comes to setting up a child for success, few things matter more than good health. It starts when their mothers get prenatal care. It continues with regular checkups after they are born to treat and, more importantly, prevent illness. Good health care helps children reach important developmental milestones and enter school ready to learn. Coverage is essential to...
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A Two-Generation Approach to Fighting Poverty in Utah
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Using Pay for Success to Finance Nurse Home Visiting
Pre-term and low birthweight infants face significant risks for medical and developmental disabilities which are expensive to government and private entities throughout a child’s life. Nurse home visiting, in which nurses and peer counselors provide support and education to high-risk pregnant women in their homes, have had excellent results over the past 30 years in preventing poor birth and long-term outcomes. Such programs that could significantly reduce state expenditures. This paper, co-authored by Voices for Utah Children Early Childhood and Education...
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Nurse Family Partnership
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) is a voluntary evidenced-based community health program that provides ongoing home visits (from pregnancy through age 2 of the child) from a registered nurse to low-income, first time mothers to provide the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, be a responsible and caring parent, and to become more economically self-sufficient. A nurse visits the women approximately weekly and bi-monthly during their pregnancy and after birth, and then monthly visits during the first...
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"Beyond our own doorsteps and our own children"
Photo by Jose A Warletta Today is Karen Crompton's final day as President and CEO of Voices for Utah Children.  We are deeply grateful for her efforts on behalf of Utah children over the past thirteen years and look forward to her continued leadership in a new capacity as Director of Human Services in Salt Lake County. In an effort to bask in Karen's wisdom one last time before she leaves, we are posting her speech from Voices for Utah Children's recent...
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New Report on States’ Oversight of Health Plan Network Adequacy
The consumer representatives to the National Association of Insurance Commissioner released a report on state approaches to regulating and monitoring the adequacy of health plan provider networks. The report, made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, summarizes the results of a survey sent to Departments of Insurance (DOIs) in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Of those, 38 DOIs completed the surveys. The 38 states responding represent widely varying demographics, geographies, and...
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