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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

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    Volunteers Honored by March of Dimes Connecticut Chapter with “Excellence in Public Affairs” Award

    Leigh-Anne Lefurge, March of Dimes, (860) 815-9353, llefurge@marchofdimes.org

    Glastonbury, CT, January 31, 2014 —

    The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) and The Council on Medical Assistance Program Oversight Women’s Health Committee were honored with the “Excellence in Public Affairs” award for their work in 2013 by the March of Dimes Connecticut Chapter at its Franklin Delano Roosevelt Spirit of Giving Celebration on January 25.  The evening celebrated the Chapter’s volunteers, donors and sponsors, and honored 14 individuals and organizations as “Volunteers of Excellence.”

    The award, accepted by Dr. Robert Zavoski, Medicaid medical director of the Department of Social Services, and Amy Gagliardi, co-chair of the Women’s Health committee, is presented to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary excellence in maternal and child health advocacy issues.

    Beginning on August 1, 2013, DSS introduced a Pay-for-Performance (P4P Program) in obstetrics care.  The program’s mission is to improve the care for pregnant women and the outcomes of their newborns covered under HUSKY Health Programs.  A total of $1.2 million was appropriated by the Connecticut General Assembly to be paid to providers of obstetric care.  Dr. Zavoski was instrumental to the program’s development and implementation. 

    The Council on Medical Assistance Program Oversight Women’s Health Committee was the catalyst and advisor in the development and implementation of P4P.  The Women’s Health Committee is dedicated to the health of women across their life span, which may include pregnancy.

    “The March of Dimes thanks Robert, Amy, DSS and the Women’s Health Committee for their continued commitment to the health of mothers and babies in Connecticut,” said Erin Jones, State Director of Program Services, Advocacy and Government Affairs for the March of Dimes Connecticut Chapter.  “We are so pleased to present them with the 2013 Excellence in Public Affairs award for their good works.”

    In 2013 the March of Dimes celebrated its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life.  Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive.  Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects.  About 4 million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefitted from March of Dimes lifesaving research and education.

    Pictured from L to R: Jonathan Shapiro, Chair, Board of Directors, March of Dimes CT Chapter; Dr. Robert Zavoski, Medicaid medical director of the Department of Social Services; Amy Gagliardi, co-chair of the Women’s Health Committee; and Deb Fafard, State Director, March of Dimes CT Chapter.

    The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, 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.org or nacersano.org.  Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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