Iowa Named Chapter of the Year for Diversity
The March of Dimes Iowa Chapter has been recognized as the Chapter of the Year in the Diversity category during the Organization's National Staff Conference July 25th. Chapters were judged on volunteer leadership and development, advocacy, program initiatives, youth engagement and mission awareness. The reasons cited for the March of Dimes Iowa Chapter's achievement include:
~ March of Dimes Iowa and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Sorority Inc. partnered to implement programs like Project Alpha, a youth education program to reduce teenage pregnancy. The African American rate of prematurity in Iowa is 17% compared to an overall state average of 11.1%.
~March of Dimes Iowa advocates successfully lobbied to protect Medicaid coverage and smoking cessation programming within the state.
~March of Dimes Iowa funded the Centering Pregnancy program at the University of Iowa, designed to empower women, providing social support and improving birth outcomes. Women receiving care in sites funded and evaluated by the March of Dimes have a miminum 30% lower rate of preterm births.
~Providing healthy pregnancy information and resources to Spanish speaking populations in the state.
~Partnering with HyVee Food stores and Young Parents Network to present free "Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby" nutrition education programs to women at risk of premature birth.
~Working with youth leaders from Future Business Leaders of American across the state to raise funds and mission awareness of the causes and prevention of premature birth.
Executive Director of Diversity Focus and the March of Dimes Iowa Chapter Board Chair Chad Simmons, says, "March of Dimes is an example of how diversity can be leveraged in Iowa. Everyone can take an active role in ensuring healthy babies and healthy families."
For more information visit www.marchofdimes.org/iowa or contact Chris Garrett, State Director at 319-389-5994.