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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

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Providence, RI  02903

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    Helping moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies

    The March of Dimes New York State Chapter has one goal: to help babies in our community start life in the healthiest way possible. Through education and intervention, we help moms-to-be learn how to take care of themselves before, during and after their pregnancy.

    We are also there when things don't go as planned, providing comfort and information to families when a baby is born too soon.

    The March of Dimes in New York State also partners with local medical groups and organizations to establish guidelines for how to care for pregnant women and premature babies. And we provide grants to researchers working to understand birth defects and premature birth, as well as to find treatments and solutions.

    See what the March of Dimes has accomplished within the past two years, review our Program CARES Brochure for more details. 

    In 2015

    The March of Dimes and the New York State Perinatal Association is conducting a webinar titled "Time for ACTion: Working Together to Improve Outcomes", on Monday, November 9, 2015. The speaker will be Mary Campbell Bliss, RN, MS, CNS. This webinar is for CHWs, Patient Navigators and Advocates, Peer Counselors and Staff who interact with pregnant women in hospitals, clinics and community settings. Click here for presentation

    In honor of World Prematurity Day on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, The NICU Family Support Program at Stony Brook University Hospital will be hosting a "tea event" to raise awareness for our mission to end prematurity. Families who currently have babies in the NICU are invited, as well as families in the ante-partum unit. We would also like to extend this invitation to NICU Graduate families, so they can continue to spread hope and celebrate their children. The event will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the NICU Family Lounge at Stony Brook Hospital. For more information, please contact Danielle Donohue, the NICU Family Support Specialist at (631) 444-9321 or at DDonohue@marchofdimes.org.

    In 2016

    Harvey E. & Esther M. Schultz Health Education Scholarship - submission due Friday, April 15, 2016 

    Established in 2006, the Harvey E. Schultz and Esther M. Schultz Health Education Scholarship provides an educational scholarship to eligible candidates who are just starting their health-related studies at an accredited post-secondary school located in Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne or Yates counties in New York State. At the discretion of the March of Dimes, the scholarship may continue for the succeeding years of study for eligible candidates.

    The Genesee Valley/Finger Lakes Division of the March of Dimes will award two, $1,000 scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year to students beginning their first year of post-secondary education in a health care field (nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, pathology, audiology, paramedical studies, and/or medical studies). Each scholarship is supported through funding from the Estate of Esther M. Schultz. Funds are provided in a lump sum and may be used for any education-related purpose (tuition, books, supplies, etc.) 

    The 2016 application will be available here in January 2016. Please plan to type, print, sign and mail your application to the address on the application, along with transcripts, references, essay and college acceptance letter.  




    Rochester Mothers to Be Breakfast 

    March of Dimes will proudly present it's FREE Annual Mothers to Be Breakfast. Hosted by the Genesee Valley/Finger Lakes Division on Saturday, April 16th, 2016. For more details on the event, please download the flyer here.   

    The Rochester Mothers to Be event provides childbirth education using a "community baby shower" format. The event is marketed through community partners who provide services to moms at higher risk for poor birth outcomes. Mothers are invited to attend along with a support person as their guest, and hear from speakers on topics including nutrition, prenatal care, labor & delivery, breastfeeding, and resources available. Vendors representing various community agencies that provide services and resources for moms and babies are onsite to hand out brochures, free giveaways and a wealth of information to the moms in attendance. Gifts for moms and babies are also awarded throughout the event. For more information email Darcy Dreyer at ddreyer@marchofdimes.org


    March of Dimes hosted a CenteringPregnancy® Learning Session on Thursday, October 22, 2015 in collaboration with The Health Foundation for Western & Central New York and Centering Healthcare Institute. The goals for the day were to:

    1. Examine the strengths of the participating Centering practices, for both the patient and the staff.
    2. Discuss successes, challenges and barriers that projects are facing at their sites.
    3. Describe social marketing skills, as related to patient recruitment.
    4. Evaluate facilitation dilemmas that Centering practices deal with in Centering groups.
    5. Develop a network of support with other sites in the Western and Central New York areas.
    6. Explore CenteringCounts™: what’s the data showing, site certification and long-term sustainability.
    7. Discuss: enhanced billing, DSRIP and opportunities for advocacy.

    14th Annual Hudson Valley Regional Perinatal Public Health Conference, “Hot Topics in Perinatal Health: Social Media, Donor Milk, Paternal Impact, and Reproductive Environmental Health” Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. SAVE THE DATE and  REGISTRATION FORM



    Nurse of the Year Gala - March of Dimes recently hosted the annual Nurse of the Year Awards Gala. This elegant evening affair recognized outstanding nurses in 16 different categories (such as Advanced Practice, Critical Care, Education, and Women’s Health). Nurses from all around the Genesee Valley/Finger Lakes regions, as well as Western and Central New York were recognized. Winners were announced at the event. For more information, email Claire Crean at ccrean@marchofdimes.org.

    "Contemporary Use of Antenatal Steroids" (click on the name of the webinar for the PowerPoint presentation) A webinar was conducted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 and the speaker was Ronald J. Wapner, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice Chair of Research at Columbia University Medical Center












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