Media Advisory: Sacramento County Nurse-Family Partnership Program Graduation at the Sacramento Zoo

Celebrating Families

Department of Health and Human Services
Sherri Z. Heller
Director

5/13/2015 10:00 PM

Media Contact:

Laura McCasland    mccaslandla@saccounty.net    (916) 875-2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Studies show mothers best learn effective parenting skills during their first pregnancy.  Sacramento County will celebrate the most recent graduates of the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Program, a program that develops strong, capable mothers on Friday, May 15, 2015.  NFP is an evidence-based, community health program that helps vulnerable mothers pregnant with their first child.  Mothers served by NFP are partnered with a registered nurse early in their pregnancy and continue to receive nurse home visits through the child's second birthday. NFP improves pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventative health practices, including thorough prenatal care, improving their diet and reducing their use of cigarettes and alcohol. Strong evidence indicates that NFP prevents child abuse and neglect and produces significant economic return on investment.

WHO:
Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, Nurse-Family Partnership Program, mothers who will graduate during the event and mothers who are currently and formerly in the program.

SPEAKERS:
Sherri Z. Heller, Ed.D., Director, Department of Health and Human Services
Phil Serna, Chair, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
Sheila Holcomb, RN, Ed.D, Chair, Community Advisory Board
Leesa Hooks, Supervisor, Nurse Family Partnership
Kris Meier, Supervisor, Nurse Family Partnership

WHAT:
Graduation Celebration

WHEN:
Friday, May 15, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sign-In/Greeting
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Graduation ceremony
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Reporters may tour/videotape zoo with moms, kids and animals with the Public Information Officers.

WHERE:
William Land Park Zoo
Land Park Dr. and 16th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95822

VISUALS:
Zoo animals and many cute, small children with their mothers. Media will be able to film inside the zoo while accompanied by a Public Information Officer.

Because reporters should be escorted by a PIO into the zoo, please call Laura McCasland 916-420-0600 or Samantha Mott 916-642-5508 by close of business, Thursday May 14, 2015 to RSVP if you plan to attend the event. On the day of the event, reporters should arrive at the zoo no later than 11:45 a.m.

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