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Region 7 Public Health Office

If you know a woman who is having her first baby and is on Medicaid or WIC
........... We Can Help
Nurse-Family Partnership of Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton & Dorchester Counties

The South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control’s Region 7 is now offering the nationally recognized Nurse-Family Partnership Program to first time mothers in Berkeley, Colleton, Charleston & Dorchester counties who are enrolled in Medicaid or WIC.

Grant funds from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of the Carolinas and Colleton County First Steps have made it possible for us to provide this evidence-based community health program that can help transform the lives of vulnerable mothers pregnant with their first child.

Nurse-Family Partnership focuses on first-time mothers. It is during a first pregnancy that the best chance exists to promote and teach positive health and development behaviors between a mother and her baby. Each mother we serve is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through her child’s second birthday. The nurses will work to improve the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time mothers and their children through a home visitation program.

The goals of the Nurse-Family Partnership are:

  1. Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices, including thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diets, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances
  2. Improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care
  3. Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find work

Nurse-Family PartnershipHow is Region 7, DHEC implementing the program?
Each mother we serve is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through her child’s second birthday.


Who is eligible?
Any female living in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton or Dorchester County who is expecting her first child and who is also enrolled in Medicaid or WIC.


Who can refer someone to the program?
Anyone can refer a woman who is pregnant for the first time and is no more than 28 weeks into her pregnancy. This includes teachers, school nurses, physicians, family, friends, even the woman herself.

How can someone be referred?
Making a referral is easy. Just call (843) 579-4592 or email manigavw@dhec.sc.gov

Where can I get more information?
There are several ways you can learn more about the Nurse-Family Partnership Program:

  • Call (843) 579-4592
  • E-mail manigavw@dhec.sc.gov
  • Visit the Nurse-Family Partnership national website at www.nursefamilypartnership.org
  • Victoria W. Manigault, RN, MSN, CPNP
    Nurse Supervisor, Charleston Berkeley Dorchester Nurse Family Partnership
    South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control-Region 7
    3 Charleston Center Drive
    Charleston, SC 29401-1162
    office: (843) 579-4546
    cell: (843) 834-8402
    fax: (843) 579-4594
    manigavw@dhec.sc.gov