AUSTIN, TX – Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, was recognized by the Texas Nurse-Family Partnership at their awards ceremony in Dallas this week for her continued support of the program, for first-time mothers and their babies.

"I am grateful for this award. More importantly, I appreciate the efforts of this partnership to promote maternal health and equip first-time mothers with the knowledge they need to ensure a healthy start for their babies," Senator Nelson said.

Nurse-Family Partnership focuses on community health, ensuring low-income, first-time mothers have the resources and knowledge they need to deliver healthy babies. These mothers are paired with a nurse to assist them during pregnancy with continued support until the child's second birthday. Nine out of 10 women in the Texas Nurse-Family Partnership program have delivered their first baby full-term and at a healthy weight.

"Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office is thrilled to honor Senator Jane Nelson for her leadership and advocacy for women and children in Texas," Texas Executive Director Kim Griffin said. "Nurse-Family Partnership has served over 13,000 families in Texas since 2006 and helped mothers improve their health, their children’s health, and their families economic self-sufficiency. Through public-private partnership teams of nurses, the lives of moms are impacted every day and we couldn’t have grown to serve the families we serve without Senator Nelson."

Senator Nelson co-authored legislation creating the Nurse-Family Partnership, and as chair of Senate Finance, she has continued to prioritize funding for this grant program year after year. Over the past two budgets, funding for the Nurse Family Partnership has increased by over $13 million.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.

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