Nurse-Family Partnership in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, and Dorchester Counties

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Lowcountry Region

Program began: August 2009
Mothers served since site launch: 431
Babies born since site launch: 311

Agency website
Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester County Fact Sheet

Local Community Partners

Berkeley County First Steps
Charleston County First Steps
Colleton County First Steps
Dorchester County First Steps

Challenges in the Region

  • 41% of all children in DHEC, Lowcountry Region fell under the 200% US poverty level (US Census, 2004)
  • About 10% of all babies born in this region in 2006 were born to first-time, low-income mothers (Division of Biostatistics, SC DHEC, 2006)
  • The overall African American infant mortality rate in DHEC, Region 7 was 17.5% in 2008 (Division of Biostatistics, SC DHEC, 2008)

Nurse-Family Partnership Success Stories in the Counties

  • NFP Nurse Home Visitor Julie’s client was in an unhealthy relationship when she became pregnant. Julie’s mentoring empowered her client to leave the abusive situation and mend her relationship with her family so she could have their support. She has now graduated from cosmetology school and gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
  • NFP Nurse Home Visitor Linda’s client gave birth to a healthy baby girl and then went on to finish high school and receive a scholarship for college. The mother is now working full-time and attending technical college to further her education.
  • NFP Nurse Home Visitor Beanetta's client had the following to say about NFP: "Being a first-time mother, NFP helped open my eyes to get better understanding of the true meaning of being a mother. Each visit is different with so much great information. I also like that anyone in your family is always welcome to sit in on a visit to get feedback or ask questions."

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SC DHEC Lowcountry Region
3 Charleston Center Drive
Charleston, SC 29401

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