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Jeanne Smart

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Jeanne Smart

Director, Nurse Family Partnership
Los Angeles County Prenatal Care Guidance Program


Jeanne Smart has worked for Los Angeles County for more than 25 years, beginning in public health nursing field services and now in the development of supportive programs for children with special needs. She currently directs the perinatal nurse home visiting programs within Los Angeles County's Department of Public Health. She has successfully integrated county programs with community‐based programs that strengthen and empower families to meet the special needs of high‐risk infants and children. Ms. Smart has also worked as a public health nurse in Wilmington/Torrance, California, and as the nursing liaison to UCLA's Project TEAMS, a multi‐disciplinary training course for social workers, public health nurses, drug counselors and foster parents that addresses the special needs of drug‐exposed infants and their families. In February 1993, Ms. Smart began the Public Health Nursing Program within the Department of Children and Family Services, which she directed for three years. For the lastdecade, she has worked throughout the country to expand the nationally recognized, evidence-based Nurse‐Family Partnership Program developed by Dr. David Olds. She has published twoarticles on nurses' contributions to children's protective services and a book, What to Do: AChildren's Primer on Emergency Preparedness, which won an award from the state's Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Program.

600 South Commonwealth, Suite 800
Los Angeles  California  90005
United States
Office Phone: 
(213) 639-6461


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