Durham Connects

Durham Connects increases child well-being by bridging the gap between new parent needs and community resources. A collaborative effort among the Center for Child & Family Health, the Center for Child and Family Policy, the Department of Social Services, and the Durham County Health Department, Durham Connects hires and trains nurses to provide in-home health assessments of mothers and newborns, as well as to discuss the social conditions affecting the new family. Nurses make a first visit when the baby is about three weeks old, with the goal of connecting new parents with the community resources they need to raise a healthy child. Launched in July 2008, Durham Connects began serving half of Durham County’s births. The program expanded in January 2010. Durham Connects underwent an evaluation period between July 2009 and December 2010 showing positive effects on positive parenting behaviors, father involvement, child care selection, and reduced infant hospitalization.