Medically Vulnerable Infant Program

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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. It may be difficult for them 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. They may not know where to go to get the information they need.

Clinica Sierra Vista offers home-based services to children (until 3 years of age) who meet the medical criteria for the program. The program offers home-based registered nurse-case management services, which include:

  • Intensive home visiting
  • Ongoing developmental assessments
  • Infant assessments
  • Education on infant care, safety, child development and their 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

(661) 634-1164