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 achieved 5 legislative wins in 2017 by securing funding in the state’s budget for maternity mortality prevention activities, long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCS), rural obstetrics and gynecologists (OB/GYN) residency programs, and funding for environmental health workers to prevent the spread of the Zika virus across the state. March of Dimes also advocated to pass legislation requiring drug treatment centers prioritize admission for substance-using pregnant women in Georgia.
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!
- Sign up for the March of Dimes Advocacy Network to receive updates and action alerts related to our advocacy priorities.
Below are just a few examples of fact sheets and issue briefs used in successful state advocacy efforts.
- Raising Minimum Tobacco Purchase Age to 21 Fact Sheet
- E-Cigarettes & Pregnancy Fact Sheet
- Access to Care Fact Sheet
- Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) Fact Sheet
- Pregnancy Discrimination Fact Sheet
- Pompe Disease Fact Sheet
- Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Fact Sheet
- Immunization Exemption Fact Sheet