Durham Connects

Durham Connects

William Charles Davis III sucks on his pacifier when a nurse holds her stethoscope to his chest. After he’s weighed and measured, William’s tiny sisters will have their turn.

“As a parent, you leave the hospital with so many questions,” says the triplets’ mother, Kim Davis. “Having a resource like this is invaluable.”

Davis and her husband are participating in a program in Durham County, North Carolina, that’s working to increase child well-being by bridging the gap between parent need and community resources. Fully staffed in 2009, Durham Connects provides free home-visits from nurses to parents of newborns.

“We focus on the parent, as well as the infant,” says Helen Wright, the program’s nursing supervisor. “It’s an opportunity for them to have more time with a health care professional.”

Funded by The Duke Endowment, Durham Connects is a program of the Durham County Health Department and the Durham Family Initiative. Nurse visits begin when newborns are 3 to 12 weeks old and include a physical assessment of both mother and baby. Because the program is in a trial period, it’s currently available only to infants born on even numbered days.

The goal is to reduce child abuse and neglect and help children get the right start to grow into healthy, productive adults. Durham Connects is undergoing a rigorous evaluation and its implementation is being monitored. Assuming the results are positive, the program will expand to cover all babies born in the county each year.

With her triplets thriving, Davis has only praise for the program.

“When you go home with a new baby, it’s such a shock,” she says. “You’re feeding them all the time and changing them – and you have all sorts of worries. You’re wondering, ‘Is this normal?’ I was very thankful to have Helen visit.”

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Phillip H. Redmond Jr.
Director of Child Care


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Area of Work

  • Prevention and early intervention for at-risk children

Program Area

  • Child & Family Well-Being

Areas of Work

  • Prevention and early intervention for at-risk children

    To equip children and families with skills to ensure that children reach developmental milestones to lead successful lives.

  • Out-of-home care for youth

    To drive child welfare systems toward greater accountability for child well-being.

  • Quality and safety of health care

    Improving the quality and safety of health care delivery

  • Access to health care

    Improving health by increasing access to comprehensive care

  • Prevention

    Expanding programs to promote health and prevent disease

  • Academic excellence

    Enhancing academic excellence through program and campus development

  • Educational access and success

    Increasing educational access and supporting a learning environment that promotes achievement

  • Campus and community engagement

    Promoting a culture of service, collaboration and engagement among schools and communities

  • Rural church development

    Building the infrastructure and capacity of United Methodist churches to enhance ministry and mission

  • Clergy leadership

    Strengthening United Methodist churches by improving the quality and effectiveness of church leadership

  • Congregational outreach

    Engaging United Methodist congregations in programs that serve their communities

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