Seven Washington Organizations Receive Almost $126,000 Through March of Dimes Awards and Grants
These, and many more at-risk populations, are now being helped through local grants announced today by the March of Dimes. In all, seven organizations in
“Our grants provide funds for grass-roots organizations that help women who are often unable to access the health care system or appropriate social services due to financial, language or other barriers,” said
Last year in
For example, in 2008, the March of Dimes successfully worked to add 15 additional disorders that are tested at birth.
2009 Grant and Award Recipients
Klickitat County Health Department
The Klickitat County Health Department will encourage first trimester visits as well as provide education and vitamins to women of child bearing age and to those who are pregnant. The outreach will benefit 700-plus pregnant women and women of childbearing age. Funding:
Franciscan Health System in partnership with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Franciscan Health System in partnership with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will implement a pilot Stork’s Nest program in
Family Planning of
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Refugee Women’s Alliance
Refugee Women’s Alliance will provide assistance for prenatal education and support to Southeast Asian and East African refugees and immigrants in order to improve maternal and infant health in the greater Puget Sound Area. Through its VitalEd Program, the group focuses on increasing folic acid and multivitamin use, increasing access to maternal health information and services, and improving behaviors for healthy pregnancies. The outreach will serve about 140 women. Funding:
Benton Franklin Health District in
The Benton Franklin Health District has been awarded a grant to enhance prenatal education and support services for its MOM (Mother’s Oral health Matters) program. All participants in the MOM program will receive education and oral health supplies to encourage and enable improvement in oral care at home. The program also teaches public health nurses to screen pregnant women for periodontal disease and then refers patients for professional dental care. The program plans to reach out to about 400 Tri-Cities area low-income, pregnant women. Funding:
First Step Family Support
The First Step Family Support Center will provide monthly celebrations in English- and Spanish-speaking women to increase services and build social support systems. In addition, information about folic acid and multivitamins will be presented. The program plans to serve about 75 pregnant women. Funding:
About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.
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