Clinica Sierra Vista’s Medically Vulnerable Infant Program (MVIP) is a nurse home-visiting program for families of eligible babies just released from a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at local hospitals. The NICU experience can be overwhelming for many parents, who may find it difficult to understand their infant’s condition or medical problems. Many of the families find it hard to cope with their infant’s special needs when they go home. They may have questions that didn’t arise in the hospital setting, and they may not know where to go to get more information. That’s where we come in.
Clinica Sierra Vista provides services to children up to 3 years old who meet the medical criteria for the program. Our program offers home-based case management services by a registered nurse. These services include:
- Intensive home visiting
- Ongoing developmental assessments
- Infant assessments
- Education on infant care, safety, child development and the infant’s special needs
- Support and encouragement
- Facilitating healthcare coordination
- Providing referrals and resource information to link families to valuable community services
Registered nurse visits can provide families with guidance to empower parents to become better advocates for their infants and children. MVIP services are intended to:
- Help families establish medical homes
- Encourage up-to-date immunizations
- Link families to community resources
- Reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits
- Prevent or minimize developmental disabilities or delays
- Educate and support families on their infant’s special needs
- Reduce infant mortality in this high-risk population
- Prevent child abuse
The Medically Vulnerable Infant Program is a free service for those children who meet the criteria, and parents consent to participate voluntarily.
Medically Vulnerable Infants Program
2000 Physicians Blvd.
Bakersfield, CA 93301