New York 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. 

This year the March of Dimes is working to:

  • Ensure access to health care services, such as public and private health insurance throughout the lifespan, as critical to promoting positive birth outcomes. 
  • Support state research and surveillance efforts targeted at preventing birth defects, maternal and infant mortality, and premature birth. State monitoring programs provide essential information for researchers and health care workers in improving the health of women and children.
  • Promote healthy behaviors to ensure positive outcomes for moms and babies.  Behaviors such as smoking, drinking alcohol, or using drugs inappropriately during pregnancy can cause prematurity and birth defects.  Protection against communicable diseases including emerging threats like the Zika virus and ensuring timely access to lifesaving newborn screening have long been promoted by the March of Dimes.  

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Stay tuned for details on local opportunities to join March of Dimes and other volunteers for advocacy related events.
  • 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