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Department of Community & Family Health

Improving community well-being

The Department of Community & Family Health, also known as First 5 Permian Basin, in the College of Health Sciences and Human Performance focuses on improving early childhood, community health, and education outcomes in Midland and Ector counties.

First 5 hopes to improve health and education outcomes within the community through the implementation of three, FREE evidence-based home visiting programs: Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), and Parents as Teachers (PAT). Each free program provides families with a personal educator, access to high-quality curriculum and lessons, parent and child screenings/assessments, and a diverse resource network to help all children in the community reach their fullest potential.