WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema met with the Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First – a leading provider in home-based care for children and families – to discuss the services they provide and how those services have positively improved the lives of Arizona families.
“Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First helps hard-working moms build better lives for themselves and their kids. We’ll keep working side-by-side to ensure they have the support to help families thrive,” said Sinema.
Sinema backed a bipartisan resolution recognizing May 6th – May 12th as National Nurses Week to honor the critical work Arizona nurses do to care for patients and celebrate their heroism as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response and every day across communities.
Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First directs specially educated nurses to regularly visit young, first-time moms-to-be, starting early in the pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second birthday. The organization has a particular focus on serving mothers and families in under-served, low-income communities.
Access to prenatal and obstetric services are decreasing in rural areas due to closures of obstetric units and critical access hospitals. Several of Arizona’s counties have very few or even no obstetric providers, and nearly half of the women in some rural areas must travel for more than 30 minutes to receive maternity care.