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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

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Providence, RI  02903

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    Reserve Your Spot For Advocacy Day 2016 Today!

    March of Dimes will host an advocacy day at the New York State Capitol on Tuesday, June 7. Check out the save the date here. Advocacy day provides an opportunity for you to speak with your legislators about issues important to moms and babies in New York State. Our 2016 advocacy priorities include such things as ensuring funding for maternal and infant health programs in the 2016-2017 enacted budget and eliminating the religious exemption to New York's vaccine schedule. Can't join us in Albany? Consider becoming an e-advocate. Want to learn more? Contact us today!

    Upcoming Events

      • Tuesday, June 7 - Advocacy Day 2016 at the New York State Capitol

    Issue Highlight: Prematurity & Nanotechnology

    More than 21,000 babies will be born premature in New York State this year. Scientists are now using  nanotechnology - the study and application of extremely small things - to look for ways to prevent preterm birth. See one of the ways nanotechnology is being used to prevent prematurity here.

    2016 - 2017 Budget Timeline:

    The Division of the Budget sends Agency Call Letter to all agency heads. Agency heads submit budget requests that comply with instructions in the Agency Call Letter to the Division of the Budget.

    • March of Dimes issued a letter to Governor Cuomo and the Division of the Budget calling for continued funding of Nurse-Family Partnership, Healthy Families New York, and Community Optional Preventive Programs.

    Governor presents Executive Budget proposal to legislature. 

    • March of Dimes issued a letter to Governor Cuomo and the Division of the Budget calling for an increase in the appropriations for Nurse-Family Partnership and Healthy Families New York.
    • March of Dimes issued a letter to the leadership in the New York State Legislature calling for an increase in the appropriations for Nurse-Family Partnership and Healthy Families New York.  The letter also called for maintenance funding of other home visiting programs, tobacco control and immunization programs.

    Next Step - New York State Senate and Assembly finalize negotiations and pass budget bills.

    Next Step - Governor reviews budget bills passed by the New York State Legislature - may use line item veto.

    Next Step - Enacted Budget.

    Stay Informed:

    Join the March of Dimes advocacy network to receive occasional emails about key legislation important to moms and babies. The advocacy network is made up of volunteers and staff who promote the March of Dimes mission by contacting the governor and state legislators in response to New York Chapter action alerts. We need your help - every voice makes a difference!

    Do you know who represents you in the U.S. Senate or the New York State Assembly? Find out by joining the March of Dimes advocacy network!

    Visit http://www.marchofdimes.org/advocacy/advocacy.aspx to register! 

    Did you know... 

      • New York will spend over $1 billion on prematurity this year.   
      • Prematurity and birth defects are the leading causes of infant mortality.
      • The preterm birth rate in New York State is 8.9 percent - the March of Dimes preterm birth rate goal for 2020 is 8.1 percent.









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