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Pa., expand home visiting

Topher Spiro and Meghan O'Toole describe how home-visiting programs can improve the lives of families in Pennsylvania and save millions of dollars for the state.

Authors

  • Topher Spiro
  • Meghan O’Toole

How can Pennsylvania address income inequality, improve the lives of mothers and children, and save money – all at the same time? This might sound too good to be true, but the commonwealth can accomplish all of these things by expanding the reach of just one type of program: nurse home visiting.

Home-visiting programs connect parents with nurses, social workers, and other professionals who provide coaching and guidance on healthy child development and link families with other important services. Usually, home-visiting programs target key at-risk populations, such as low-income, first-time, or adolescent mothers.

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Authors

Topher Spiro

Vice President, Health Policy; Senior Fellow

Meghan O’Toole

Policy Analyst