Published on March 12, 2015

Genesis Family Connects

Providing Support for Babies And Families

Genesis Family Connects is an evidenced-based initiative with the goal of connecting parents with essential community resources they need to raise a healthy family.

Genesis Family Connects is based on The Duke Center for Child and Family model.

Genesis Family Connects ensures that within the first three weeks following a baby leaving the hospital, specially trained Genesis Visiting Nurses will provide in-home needs assessments of mothers and newborns. Nurses will also discuss the social conditions affecting the family and talk with the family about resources and support available.

For example, nurses will be able to address housing issues, breastfeeding, depression and mental health needs, substance use, domestic violence and relationship issues, child care access, parenting education, family planning, financial concerns, social support and other issues.

“Many studies have documented the positive effects of home visits in reducing teen birth rates, reducing child abuse and improving cognitive development for children.

“Genesis Family Connects aligns well with the mission of Genesis Philanthropy to support health and wellness throughout the region. Our goal is to prevent health issues before they become serious enough to require medical intervention.’’

Family Connects is impacting families in Scott, Clinton and Rock Island counties. Genesis is the first organization in the nation to take this evidence-based program outside of North Carolina.

To find out more about Genesis Family Connects, or to provide support for the program, call (563) 421-6860 or go to

Affiliate Foundations

DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation
Genesis Foundation
Mercer Foundation for Health

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