Home visiting programs allow nurses to ‘meet families where they’re at.’ Advocates want Congress to extend its funding.

By Abraham Gutman, The Philadelphia Inquirer | October 7, 2022

Former Stoneleigh Fellow Meredith Matone spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer about the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program.

NaTosha Robinson has stage four lymphoma and after losing her left lung in 2020 often struggles to breathe. Her 5-year-old daughter, Sierra, struggled with delayed speech development. Robinson wanted to prepare her for school but didn’t know how to address concerns like Sierra’s difficulty holding a crayon, while also coping with her own health challenges.

“It’s a lot being a single parent and doing it on your own,” she said.

Things changed in 2021, when Jackie Nguyen entered their lives through a federal program that provides at-home support to pregnant people and families with young children who are at risk for poor physical and mental health.

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