The North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced it has received a $7,500 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, that will enable the Katz Institute for Women’s Health to launch the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program to first-time mothers throughout Queens and Long Island.
The NFP program is a national evidence-based community health model that brings invaluable resources to mothers early in their pregnancy. The program partners expecting mothers from low-income, minority and other at-risk communities with registered nurses (RNs), who then conduct ongoing home visits that continue through the child’s second birthday. First-time mothers from underserved communities often face a host of challenges, which can lead to negative outcomes for them and their children if left unaddressed. Visits from the RNs help transform the lives of vulnerable women pregnant with their first child by helping them engage in good preventive health practices, which not only improves pregnancy outcomes but improves child health and development. Women in the program also learn to develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find work.
The NFP model has been implemented by a growing number of organizations throughout the United States with astounding results: In New York, 93 percent of mothers had children immunized by 24 months; 88 percent of mothers initiated breast-feeding and 33 percent continue to breastfeed at child age 6 months; 76 percent of mothers had no subsequent pregnancies; and 49 percent of mothers were working at the time the program was completed, up from 35 percent at intake.
TD Bank has been extremely supportive of the North Shore-LIJ Health System and The Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Katz Women’s Hospitals over the past four years. They have sponsored the Commerce and Industry Council’s corporate breakfasts since 2009 and have sponsored the Every Woman Matters Walk since 2010. In addition to the recent TD Charitable Foundation grant, TD Bank will be one of the sponsors at the upcoming North Shore-LIJ Health System Gala to be held April 25, 2013.
A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank, and the TD Charitable Foundation provide support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental initiatives, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.
About North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation
The North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation’s mission is to serve the best interest of the community at-large and the Health System by providing the inspiration, opportunity and meaningful direction for donors, patients and leaders to link their vision, dreams and philanthropic support with our most worthy causes from the underserved and uninsured to the latest frontiers in medical technology and research.
For more information, visit support.northshorelij.com.
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made $102.2 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.
About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing nearly 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDMoneyLoungeUS and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.
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