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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

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Providence, RI  02903

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  • We award grants to address the needs of moms, babies and families.
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    Working together to improve the health of moms and babies in our community

    The March of Dimes New York State 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.  



    Community Grants 

    The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Inc. -- "Comenzando Bien Perinatal Education Program"

    Provides an expanded perinatal education program for the largely Hispanic patient base of the GHVFHC, as well as outside community.  It has focused objectives of:  increasing adequate perinatal care (at least 13 visits), decreasing low-birthweights for women enrolled, and increasing knowledge on the importance of perinatal care, proper nutrition, water consumption and their impact on low-birthweight.   

    Ferre Institute -- Practical and Applied Preconception Risk Conversations During Routine Health Care

    Provides an opportunity for education of medical providers regarding preconception risk discussion.  This project will develop and demonstrate a 45-minute education module for CME credit, both in-office and via webinar, for physicians and in-office medical staff to encourage preconception teratogen risk assessments and education. 

    Brooklyn Perinatal Network Birthing Project -- Big-Little Sister

    The Brooklyn Perinatal Network Birthing Project follows a big-little sister model, which uses community volunteers (sister friends) to provide one-on-one emotional and practical support, information and advocacy for pregnant teens/women (little sisters) up to their enrolled infants 1st birthday.   

    Rochester City School District -- Prenatal Care at School Program

    Consisting of three area providers, this program offers group prenatal care on-site at school for the students attending the Young Mothers Program.   

    Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center -- Patient Navigation for High Risk Women

    Provides supportive services related to healthcare to women with mental health, as well as substance abuse issues, who are involved with the justice system in Niagara County.  

    CenteringPregnancy   

    NuHealth System -- "Centering Pregnancy at NuHealth"

    Provides group prenatal care to reduce preterm birth rates and obstetric co-morbidities, increase patient satisfaction and enhance breastfeeding rates.   

    Suffolk County Department of Health Services -- "Centering Pregnancy"

    Provides and implements a centering model of prenatal care for indigent women receiving prenatal care through the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at Southampton Health Center.   

    Richmond University Medical Center -- “Integrating Centering Pregnancy into Clinical Practice”

    With support from Wellpoint, this continuation of the 2009 Community Grant Program has the goal of improving long-term health outcomes of Latina mothers and their infants by providing support groups for patients using the CenteringPregnancy® model.   

    Glens Falls Obstetrics and Gynecology Center PC -- Centering Pregnancy in the Adirondacks”

    Provides CenteringPregnancy® as a model of group prenatal care at Glens Falls OBGYN to improve birth outcomes. Utilizing the Model Implementation Plan, the organization will undergo a complete system redesign and offer CenteringPregnancy® as an opt-out program only, with CenteringPregnancy® as the primary form of prenatal care.

    2011 Community Awards, Professional Education & Prematurity Initiatives     

    Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center -- “EXPLORE - Healthy Women Healthy Babies: Exploring Health Topics Affecting Young Families”

    Provides for grand rounds support for continuing professional education.  

    Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York -- “Right From the Start/CEAMNY Birth Project”

    Provides childbirth education workshops to clients in the Montefiore Family Health Center to increase perinatal knowledge (for example: the importance of 39 weeks for healthy pregnancy and reducing preterm births).  

    Community Cradle -- "Improving Preconception and Interconception Health for Refugee and Immigrant Women" 

    Provides five (5) workshops on preconception health, oral health, sexually transmitted infections, nutrition and other reproductive health issues.   

    Greater Adirondack Perinatal Network (GAP-Net) -- "Premature Infants: Transition to Home and Follow-up"

    Provides nurse module training for 30 registered nurses in Glens Falls, NY.   

    Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center -- “Preconception Health & Risk Reduction Lunch & Learn”   

    To inform women/couples of childbearing age about health and wellness, screening and interventions to reduce risk factors that might affect conception and pregnancy.   

    Kingsborough Community College, CUNY -- “On Campus Peer Preconception Counseling: A Pilot Project for Community Health Students”

    To train students in the Preconception Peer Counseling curriculum developed by the US Office of Minority Health and implement a campus-wide public health education and awareness campaign with the aim of reducing infant mortality among students and their families.   

    Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center -- “Perinatal Emergencies"  

    A day-long grand rounds for all eleven Health and Hospital Institutions.  

    Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center -- “Pre-eclampsia and its Consequences”

    To conduct a grand rounds program featuring Dr. Baha Sibai, a worldwide specialist on pre-eclampsia.   

    Long Island Jewish Medical Center -- "Why Wait? A Look at Decreasing the Incidence of Non-Medically Indicated Deliveries Prior to 39 Weeks Gestation and the Maternal, Neonatal, and Pediatric Impact."

    A qualitative improvement professional education award for the June 11, 2011 grand rounds.

    Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network -- “Community Baby Showers - A Health Education Strategy” 

    To educate high risk pregnant and post-partum women on topics that can help improve birth outcomes and the health of mothers and babies.   

    Maternal-Infant Services Network -- “Mid-Hudson Oh Baby! Day”

    A day that features 20 vendors that focused on preconception, pregnancy, interconception and post partum health. Included are educational workshops on CenteringPregnancy®, breastfeeding, childbirth education, obesity prevention, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and a new dads workshop. It also informs women of child-bearing age about the risks of preterm delivery prior to 39 weeks and promoted health and wellness across the lifespan.

    Montefiore Medical Center

    Support of the annual “NICU Reunion,” which is an afternoon of fun and socialization for NICU graduates and their families.   

    Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NYPH at Columbia Medical Center -- “New Concepts in Neonatal Intensive Care”

    The annual joint neonatal conference held by Weill Cornell, NYU and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.     

    Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network -- “Getting Real About Prematurity”

    An initiative to increase awareness about prematurity and the importance of prevention through community education and discussion. The events were held throughout the Central New York, Western New York, and Genesee Valley/Finger Lakes Divisions.  

    Nassau County Perinatal Services Network -- "Building Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Babies: Prematurity and Late Preterm Induction"

    To provide funding for a conference to build awareness and partnerships between community leadership and health providers on prematurity and late preterm induction.  

    New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities

    To improve the nursing and genetic resources in the clinic by purchasing educational materials and resources.

    North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System -- "Neonatal Conference: Optimal Care"

    To provide funding for a conference to educate nurses and students on the clinical aspects of neonatal care and sustaining a culture of wellness.  

    Richmond University Medical Center - WIC Program  

    Provides funding to enhance the WIC Program by providing incentive items for participants, while encouraging breastfeeding.   

    The Central New York Program Services Committee -- “Primary Care for Late Preterm Infants: What Health Care Providers Need to Know”

    Provides funding for a conference that addressed the basic physiological and developmental immaturity that exists in the late preterm infant.  

    The New York Perinatal Society -- "Obesity & Pregnancy: It's Impact on Both Mother and Neonate"  

    Provide funding for a seminar on April 21, 2011.   

    Westchester Medical Center, Regional Perinatal Center -- "Preventing Late Preterm Births and Unnecessary Cesarean Deliveries: How to Reach the Public Using Social Health Marketing"

    Provide funding to support the 9th Hudson Valley Regional Perinatal Forum.   

    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Kappa Epsilon Zeta Chapter–Bronx -- “Stork’s Nest”  

    In Bronx, NY this program is conducted by Kappa Epsilon Zeta (Bronx) and Gamma Xi Zeta (Westchester) Chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in collaboration with Union Community Health Center. Expectant mothers are referred for educational workshops and through completion, they become eligible to receive items such as maternity clothes, layettes and furniture at minimal or no cost.

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