VNA’s Project WIN Program Earns Prestigious Credential
Visiting Nurse Association’s Project Welcoming Infants into Neighborhoods (WIN) program of Pottawattamie County has earned the Iowa Family Support Credential. The credential, issued by the Iowa Department of Management and Public Health, is awarded to family support and parent education programs that are validated through an external evaluation to be in substantial adherence to the Iowa Family Support Standards.
“We are pleased to receive this prestigious designation,” said James Summerfelt, VNA President and CEO. “This credential reinforces that the WIN program consistently results in positive outcomes for young children and their families.”
VNA’s Project WIN program focuses on providing health education and support to young families who are expecting or have an infant or child under three years of age. A public health nurse helps identify needs and analyzes access to healthcare, provides health assessments, and educates on healthcare and child development.
Social workers or parent coaches provide support in developing parenting and self-sufficiency skills, establishing and achieving educational goals, and helping connect families to other community agencies depending on need. Nurses and coaches visit one to two times per month.
The Project WIN program diligently worked toward meeting all the required Iowa Family Support Standards over the course of more than two years with the assistance of a program specialist. A review was conducted by trained peers to validate the program’s adherence to the standards. The Iowa Family Support Credential is valid for five years.
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