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"Always working for a safer and healthier Skagit County"
Director: Jennifer Johnson

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jannau@co.skagit.wa.us
(360) 770-7743


What is Nurse-Family Partnership?

The Nurse-Family Partnership is a program for women who are having their first baby. If you enroll, a specially trained nurse will visit with you in your home or another place that works for you throughout your pregnancy and until your child turns 2 years old.

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How much does the program cost?

Nurse-Family Partnership is free to all eligible women*.

How often will my nurse visit?

Your nurse will visit every week or two during your pregnancy and up until your baby is two years old. You and your nurse will decide the exact schedule.

What will my nurse help me with?

Your nurse will help you:

  • Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
  • Become a better-prepared, more confident parent
  • Build a strong network of support for you and your baby
  • Make your home a safe place for your baby to live and play
  • Get referrals for health care, child care, job training and other support services available in our community
  • Find ways to continue your education and develop job skills
  • Set goals for your family's future and find ways to help you reach them

Can my baby's father participate, too?

NFP encourages fathers, family members and even friends to be involved in the visits and learn how they can best support you. You and your nurse decide who gets involved. Because you are the one who carries the baby and you are the first person to take care of your baby, you are the one who is actually enrolled in the program and you are the main focus of your nurse's attention.

Who can enroll in NFP?

Any woman who:

  • Is pregnant with her first child
  • Wants to enroll
  • Meets income requirements (same as WIC or medical coupons or Apple Health/Medicaid)

You can join as early in your pregnancy as you like, but you must sign up before the 28th week of pregnancy.

How do I enroll?

For more information about Skagit County's Nurse Family Partnership program or to enroll call (360) 770-7743. You can also learn more at the national Nurse-Family Partnership website at: www.nursefamilypartnership.org.

Click here to download our Referral Form!
Complete and fax your referral form to 360-416-1501.

*In Skagit County, NFP is funded by a combination of grants and local funds.


Meet your NFP team!

Heidi Mitchell-Sanchez - Nurse Home Visitor

Heidi has worked in Nurse Family Partnership for 15 years. Prior to her work in NFP, she worked in Maternity Support Services, First Steps Program, and Children with Special Health Care Needs program at Skagit County Public Health. Heidi enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and crafting. What she appreciates most about NFP: The incredible opportunity to see a young woman transform into an attentive and loving mother, while bearing witness as she finds the strength to forge in to her future.
Sarah Webb- Nurse Home Visitor

Hi, I'm Sarah, I've been a nurse for 16 years and I have 4 children ages 21-13. I love working with the nurse family partnership because there is nothing better than watching families grow and learn together. My favorite season is summer, around here we take all the sun we can get. My favorite hobby is playing soccer, I play indoor co-Ed year round. I look forward to getting to know you in the future.

Lucinda Ewing- Nurse Home Visitor

Lucinda began her nursing career as a hospital nurse. From there she joined the Peace Corps in Guatemala where she learned Spanish and discovered her passion for community health nursing. After graduate school, teaching and a little more hospital nursing, she returned to working in community health in a wide variety of culturally diverse settings. Most of that time she has worked in the area of Maternal Child Health and joined Nurse Family Partnership a year and a half ago. Her favorite part of her work has been supporting new families in their transition to parenthood. In her spare time, when weather permits, Lucinda enjoys hiking the trails of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


Janna Uffelman
- Program Supervisor

Janna has been working in Maternal Child Health for 15 years. Previous to her work with NFP she worked in Labor and Delivery, Antepartum, Special Care Nursery and Postpartum at University of Washington Medical Center. She is also a certified teacher in Gottman Bringing Baby Home, as well as taught childbirth education and parenting education. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family and trying to keep up with her two boys. Her favorite thing about NFP: having a front row seat to the amazing power of moms changing their lives to be the best they can for their baby.