Building Blocks of Missouri (Nurse Family Partnership) Program
The Building Blocks of Missouri (Nurse Family Partnership) program is a prenatal and early childhood nurse home visitation program based on the Nurse Family Partnership model of home visiting developed by Dr. David Olds. The program has broad holistic objectives, which promote healthy and safe parenting and home environment. Program enrollment is open to low income, first time mothers, prior to the 28th week of pregnancy. In the Building Blocks program, trained and experienced registered nurses, with strong interpersonal skills and a maternal-child health background, provide home visits. Home visits begin prior to the 28th week of pregnancy and continue for two years after the child is born. Home visitors see families at home every 1-2 weeks, based on the stage that the mother is in the program. The nurses focus simultaneously on the mother's personal health, environmental health, life course development, the maternal role, family and friends, and quality of caregiving.
The Building Blocks program currently provides services in: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray counties in the Kansas City area; in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, New Madrid, Perry, Scott, Ste. Genevieve, and Stoddard counties in Southeast Missouri; and in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Enrollment is limited at each site based on available funding. For information of the programs contact Beth Stieferman at 573-751-6365 or Beth.Stieferman@health.mo.gov.
Building Blocks of Missouri Providers:
- Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray Counties: Kansas City Health Department, 816-513-6280 or 816-269-4046.
- Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, New Madrid, Perry, Scott, Ste. Genevieve, and Stoddard Counties: Southeast Missouri Home Care at 573-335-1033 Ext. 2125.
- St. Louis City and St. Louis County: St. Louis County Department of Public Health at 314-679-7871.