Family Home Visiting

Horizon Public Health offers a variety of home visiting programs at no cost to all families.  A Registered Nurse can complete home visiting services prenatally, postpartum, or for ongoing parenting support. The nurses provide education, support, information, and referrals to community resources as needed.  Ongoing home visiting can be offered to families with children up to the age of five.  The Family Home Visiting programs are a great way to follow up on breastfeeding questions and other infant care questions that arise. Our nurses also address questions about pregnancy, baby/child development, home safety, injury prevention, and nutrition. To set up a nurse visit please call 320.763.6018.  For referrals, please complete the referral form and email to


Horizon Public Health offers these programs:

Registered Nurses provide support and encouragement to parents by recognizing strengths and sharing information during home visits. MECSH nurses collaborate with parents to help them be successful parents. The MECSH program also promotes child development and strengthens parenting skills. MESCH visits begin during pregnancy or after baby is born, and continue until the child is three years old. MESCH encourages mothers, fathers, and other family members or caregivers to be involved in the visits.  Horizon Public Health is partnered with Countryside Public Health providing MESCH services to 10 counties in Minnesota.

  • Focus on attachment, building confidence in parenting skills, and reducing stress
  • Promote healthy pregnancy, well-child checkups/immunizations, and child development
  • Collaborate with families on setting goals for their future
  • Support families to build a strong network of support for child and family
  • Provide age appropriate activities for parents or caregivers to connect with their children

Family Home Visiting
The Family Home Visiting program at Horizon Public Health is available at no cost to all families. We offer prenatal, postpartum, and ongoing parenting to families. This is provided by a Registered Nurse who will provide support, information, and referrals to community resources to families in need of additional support.
Home Visiting Brochure    Visitas al Hogar folleto

  • Prenatal—A registered nurse provides individual prenatal teaching about childbirth, parenting, breastfeeding, and support.
  • Postpartum—All families that are referred to Horizon Public Health by their birth center are called and offered a home visit by a Registered Nurse.
  • Family Home Visiting—Ongoing home visits are offered to families with children up to the age of five. Growing Great Kids (GGK) Curriculum is used for children ages birth to three. Registered Nurses provide information to enrich baby’s health, growth, and development. They also work with parents to promote a healthy pregnancy and baby/child. They also promote attachment and parenting skill in addition to promoting healthy lifestyles and life skills.  GGK Brochure


Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership (SHNFP), a program for first-time mothers
SHNFP is a program for women who are pregnant with their first baby. Mom’s must enroll in the program by 28 weeks gestation. A Registered Nurse provides support, advice, and information first time mom’s. The program promotes healthy pregnancy, healthy baby, and healthy child development.

  • Learn and practice things that make you more confident as a mom, like breastfeeding, nutrition, child development, safe-sleep techniques and much more.
  • Provide referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and other support services available in their community.
  • Promote parents to become more self-sufficient.
  • For more information, please visit the Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership website: