Working together to improve the health of moms and babies in our community
The March of Dimes Minnesota Chapter and our partner organizations are helping moms have healthier pregnancies and babies begin healthier lives. Below are some programs where our grants and awards are making a difference.
March of Dimes invests more than $90,000 each year in Minnesota to train medical professionals on the latest research and distributes educational materials to community organizations, schools and corporations. Grant recipients in 2014 include:
- Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition: Minnesota MotherBaby 10 STEPS Program to increase statewide breastfeeding rates.
- Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency: Lactation Education and Home Visiting Initiative to educate family health nurses regarding breastfeeding and require all nurses within its group to be breastfeeding certified.
- Pillager Family Center: Family Center Home Visiting Program for weekly home visits to provide education and services for first time parents to promote premature birth risk reduction and child abuse/neglect prevention.
- Lakewood Health System: Better Beginnings to provide nutrition education to enhance lactation support to combat obesity and provide information to postpartum women about fitness and nutrition in a group setting.
- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Public Health: Abinoojiiyensag Epiitendaagozijig Initiative to advocate for healthy lifestyles among pregnant and parenting American Indian women.
- West Side Community Health Services: Centering Pregnancy Program to increase access to prenatal education and supportive care to a largely low-income, minority patient population.
Learn more about current funding areas in our Community Grants page.
Community awards can be made to support activities such as: purchase and distribution of March of Dimes health education materials, implementation of March of Dimes community programs (e.g. Stork's Nest® and Comenzando bien®), or a conference for health professionals.
This education and support program combines essential components of prenatal care: health assessments, education and group support. Our program graduates and participants make us proud: The evidence-based approach to prenatal support has been shown to reduce c-sections, premature births and low-birthweight babies. The grant from the Minnesota Chapter is used to implement this program at local community medical centers.