Working together to improve the health of moms and babies in our community
The chapter community grants program is designed to invest in priority projects that further the March of Dimes mission, support national and state objectives, and further our strategic goal of reducing premature birth and inequities in birth outcomes in Wisconsin.
In 2016, the March of Dimes funded the following community projects:
- Zeta Phi Beta, Kappa Beta Zeta Charity Fund (Stork's Nest): The Stork's Nest provides education and incentives for women and helps improve birth outcomes as they are more likely to participate in prenatal education and care. Grant amount $15,000.
- Wisconsin Guild of Midwives (The Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective: Impacting Health Inequities in Birth): With an emphasis on public health strategies for lasting social change, this project directly targets women from communities that have historically been marginalized within our health care system. This project focuses on promoting birth equity through workforce development and by providing an accessible credentialing pathway and support for women of color to enter into, and succeed in, birth related professions in order to provide Wisconsin families of color, culturally concordant, prenatal, birth, and lactation support services. Grant Amount $8,000.
In 2015, the March of Dimes Wisconsin Chapter funded the following community projects:
- Safe Babies Healthy Families (Case Management: Childbirth Education): To change knowledge, behavior and birth outcomes in pregnant, isolated and/or abused young women and young, at-risk families who lack financial, health and social supports. Grant amount $11,000
- Professional Women's Network for Service, Inc. (Birthing Project - Sister-Friend Program): A mentoring service for mothers to enhance better birth outcomes. Grant amount $9,600
- University of Wisconsin Madison (Centering Pregnancy® - Phase Three): In this group setting, pregnant women are able to relate to other women in the same stage of pregnancy resulting in better birth outcomes. Grant amount $5,020.
- Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare All Saints (Baby Closet): Targeting African-American pregnant women in Racine who are eligible for Medicaid. The goal is a change in birth outcomes providing incentives to women for attending prenatal care visits, WIC visits, prenatal care classes, etc. Grant amount $5,020.
- Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph Foundation (Stork's Nest): The Stork's Nest provides education and incentives for women and helps improve birth outcomes as they are more likely to participate in prenatal education and care. Grant amount $5,020.
In 2014, the March of Dimes Wisconsin Chapter funded the following projects:
Clark County - $13,651 to provide prenatal education programs for Spanish-speaking women through the “Becoming a Mom/Comenzando Bien” March of Dimes curriculum through Clark County Health Dept.
Marathon County Healthy Babies Coalition and Sawyer County Health and Human Services were each awarded approximately $6,000 to develop community awareness campaigns to reduce early elective deliveries.
UWSMPH, Department of OB/GYN - $23,500 grant to implement CenteringPregnancy® in south Madison in Dane County, to reduce preterm birth in women at high risk for delivering preterm.
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare St. Joseph Foundation Women’s Center - $15,000 grant to implement CenteringPregnancy® through the Centering Healthcare Institute to support the needs of uninsured pregnant women in Racine County.
Please Note: March of Dimes chapter community grants do not fund scientific research projects. For information about research grants funded by the March of Dimes national office, please visit www.marchofdimes.org/research.