Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Community Advisory Board …

… providing help during pregnancy for first-time moms …

Forsyth County’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program is an evidence-based, voluntary, free maternal and childhood health program. NFP gives first-time moms valuable knowledge and support throughout pregnancy and until their babies reach two years of age.

Partnering first-time moms with caring nurse home visitors empowers these mothers to confidently create a better life for their children and themselves.

Through extensive research conducted over more than 30 years, Nurse-Family Partnership has a proven level of effectiveness. Three randomized, controlled trials demonstrate that Nurse-Family Partnership delivers against its goals of

  • better pregnancy outcomes,
  • improved child health and development, and
  • increased economic self-sufficiency.

These outcomes contribute to preventing child abuse, reducing juvenile crime, and increasing school readiness, thus, establishing better, safer, and stronger communities for generations to come.

An important ingredient in the success of the program model is the creation and effective use of a Community Advisory Board (CAB). Ann Smith, Director of Womens Services at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, chairs the CAB. Katura Jackson, SSFC board member and executive director of Work Family Resource Center, Inc., represents Smart Start-FC on Forsyth County’s NFP Community Advisory Board.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust of Winston-Salem, NC has been a champion of bringing the NFP model to North Carolina.

NFP Community Advisory Board

  • Allison Wood, RN, Pregnancy Home Coordinator, NCCN
  • Ann L. Smith, Chair, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  • Chris Bishop, Nurse Family Partnership (NFP), Inc.
  • Christine Wanous, NFP, Forsyth County Department of Public Health
  • Daphne Sharpe, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor of Nursing, WSSU
  • Darlene Perez-Brown, Ph.D., OTR/L. Clinical Associate Professor. Department of Occupational Therapy. School of Health Science, WSSU
  • Glenda Dancy, Network Director, NFP, Forsyth County Department of Public Health
  • Jean Irvin
  • Jim Graham, Executive Director, NCCN
  • Joe Crocker, Director, Poor & Needy Division, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
  • Joe Raymond, Department of Public Health
  • Judy Iannuzzi, Shepherds Center, Inc.
  • Karen Gerancher, MD, Assistant Professor and Section Head OB/GYN, Residency Program Director, Wake Forest Health
  • Katura Jackson, Member, SSFC Board of Directors,  and, Executive Director, WFRC, Inc.
  • Lakisha Jordan, Goodwill of Northwest North Carolina, Inc.
  • Leslie Kammire, Assistant Professor, OB/GYN, Associate Residency Director, Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Marina Skinner
  • Marlon Hunter, Health Director, Forsyth County Department of Public Health
  • Ronda Outlaw, Centerpoint Human Services, Inc.
  • Robert Jones, Medical Director, Downtown Health Plaza, Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Ron Gaskins, Associate Director, NCCN
  • Tania Acuna, Forsyth County Department of Public Health

For more information about Forsyth County’s NFP, a program of Forsyth County’s Department of Public Health, contact Christine Wanous, RN, BSN, MPH, at 336.703.3190, or, or visit

For more information about the national reach of NFP’s implementation and effectiveness, visit