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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

220 West Exchange St. #003

Providence, RI  02903

(401) 454-1911

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    Funding Priorities

    Male Involvement

    Preconception and interconception health care is important for both men and women. Programming for men however, is not widely available. Pre/interconception health for men is not only a crucial component for their health and wellbeing, but also for supporting their partner and for being a good role model. Men are crucial and influential in their partners’ lives and it is essential to include them in preconception and interconception health care programs and services. During the 2016 grant cycle,  the March of Dimes aims to fund programs that focus on male involvement that concentrate on increasing educational awareness and social responsibility in regards to preconception and interconception health.

    Smoking Cessation

    Smoking during pregnancy increases a baby’s risk of being born too soon. Knowing smoking is harmful is one thing. Knowing how to quit for 39 weeks and not to start smoking again after the baby is born is another. Our grants helps pregnant women quit smoking and to remain quitters. This can make an impact beyond pregnancy: a nonsmoking household means babies can grow up without the risks associated with second-hand smoke. It also means moms have a lower risk of lung cancer and other smoking-related illnesses.

    Weight Management

    About 1 in 4 women of reproductive age are obese and about one in five pregnant women are obese (March of Dimes, CDC).  In Illinois, 54.2% of all women of reproductive age are either obese or overweight; about 27% of women are obese and 27% are overweight (CDC, 2013).  Women who are overweight are at greater risk for preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and preterm labor during pregnancy and their baby is at greater risk for obesity during childhood.  Additionally, research has shown that pregnant women who are obese are at greater risk for maternal mortality (Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, Kavanaugh, 2012).


    Breastfeeding has been shown to have extensive health benefits for both mothers and their infants. Breastfed babies have fewer health problems than babies who aren't breastfed. Research shows that exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia, and helps for a quicker recovery during illness (World Health Organization, 2015).

    Exclusive breastfeeding can also help mothers return to their pre-pregnancy weight more quickly and may also help lower her risk for diabetes, breast cancer and ovarian cancer (March of Dimes, 2015).

    Chronic Condition Management

    Many studies show that an increasing number of pregnant women in the United States have chronic health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and chronic heart disease (CDC, 2014). These conditions may put a pregnant woman and her unborn child at higher risk of developing pregnancy complications and can result in maternal or infant mortality. Many of these [complications] can be prevented through improvements in preconception care, access to health care and social services, quality of care received, and behaviors and health care practices of women (2015).

    Applicants must submit both an electronic and original hardcopy of their application by 4:00PM on Thursday, November 12, 2015.




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