Georgia State Advocacy

March of Dimes volunteers and staff work to influence both legislative and regulatory activities in each state by serving as powerful voices for the needs of pregnant women, infants, children and families. Our efforts span the full range of our annual Advocacy & Government Affairs priorities, including access to care, research and surveillance, and prevention and education. 

In Georgia, the March of Dimes secured 6 legislative wins in 2016 by successfully advocating for:

  • increased funding for sickle cell research centers;
  • funding to implement newborn screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID);
  • funding for an OB Re-entry program that encourages OB-GYNs to practice in rural and underserved areas of the state;
  • funding for a women’s health program that promotes the use of long acting reversible contraception (LARC); and
  • establishing better certification standards for lactation consultants requiring insurers to cover these providers and increasing access for women.

Priorities and Issues

In 2017 our priorities will be increased prevention efforts for Zika and the severe birth defects related to exposure during pregnancy, as well as continuing to advocate for increased quality of care in the state. Stay tuned for more information!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Save the date for Capitol Day 2017 in February. Volunteers from around the state will gather in Atlanta to advocate for legislative priorities to improve maternal and child health.
  • Sign up for the March of Dimes Advocacy Network to receive updates and action alerts related to our advocacy priorities. 

For more information, check out the resources below: 

  • March of Dimes Advocacy Fact Sheet

See also: State advocacy (overview), Federal advocacy, Policies & positions, Victories & achievementsMarch of Dimes Foundation Data Book for Policy Makers and Peristats