This fall, Invest in Kids’ Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) State Nurse Consultant, Allison Mosqueda MS, RN, represented Invest in Kids as the presenter at two different conferences.

On September 19th, 2018, Allison spoke at the Special Kids Special Care 2018 Interdisciplinary Institute about the Nurse-Family Partnership and the Dyadic Assessment for Naturalistic Caregiver-Child Experiences (DANCE). This conference was attended by maternal child health and early childhood professionals from various disciplines. Allison gave an overview of the NFP program along with Colorado outcomes. Participants learned about the research behind DANCE, the training process for NFP nurse home visitors, and an example of a DANCE and nurse home visitor interventions that impact and support infant mental health. Participants also reflected on how they incorporate holistic care and dyadic assessment into their practice.

Allison Mosqueda also presented on September 26th, 2018 at the Nurse-Family Partnership  National Symposium on a panel titled “Health and Balanced While Transforming Lives.” The  panel also included  of two nurse home visitors from North Carolina and the National Service  Office Education Manager. The panel discussion centered around how nurses connect to a    deeper purpose for their work, self-assessments to measure the impact of their work, and  strategies to stay healthy and balanced for nurse home visitors, supervisors and organizations. Topics discussed on the panel included resiliency, mindfulness, boundaries, reflective supervision, stress management, and organizational supports. Participants attending the panel discussion were asked to complete the Perceived Stress Scale and generate ideas from the presentation that may support them in maintaining a healthy and balanced life.

In efforts to promote the work of NFP, the NFP team from IIK take every opportunity to educate and collaborate with CO stakeholders. The next presentation will be in late November with me guest lecturing on Latina Maternal Child Health and the NFP at the University of Colorado.