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  • We advocate for prevention and wellness initiatives.
  • Preventing prematurity is our current national campaign.
  • Areas of focus also include newborn screening and immunizations.
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Using Medicaid to support preterm prevention: Five case studies

Prepared for the March of Dimes by Elinor Hall, MPH, and Michelle Berlin, MD, MPH, Using Medicaid to Support Preterm Birth Prevention: Five Case Studies (.PDF, 502K) examines five Medicaid programs that have been shown to improve birth outcomes and have an impact on premature birth rates. Case studies include:

Florida's Healthy Start Program
Louisiana's Nurse-Family Partnership Program
Oregon's Cessation Services for Pregnant Women
Rhode Island's Family Planning Expansion
Arizona's High-Risk Perinatal Program

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the history of government programs for women and children?

Title V of the Social Security Act, was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. Title V, or the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services program, pledged support to states to provide services that would protect the "health of our nation's mothers and children."

What federal agencies are involved in premature birth research?

Multiple federal agencies support prematurity-related research but among the most engaged are the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health and Maternal and Infant Health Research within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How can I learn what conditions newborns are screened for in my state?

Two key resources are the National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center and the March of Dimes. You can easily compare state programs on our Peristats website.

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