Funding for Maternal and Child Health Research and Prevention

Investments in maternal and child health research and prevention activities improve the wellbeing and quality of life for women, infants, children, and families while reducing government costs. The March of Dimes advocates with Congress to fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and other key health agencies at appropriate levels.

For federal fiscal year *2017, the March of Dimes urges Congress to adopt the following spending priorities:

Fully Fund the PREEMIE Act (P.L. 113-55)

  • In 2013, with strong bipartisan support, the House and Senate passed the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act. This legislation reauthorized critical federal research and programs that will help identify the causes of premature births and work to prevent them.
  • The March of Dimes recommends $46 million for the Safe Motherhood Initiative and the continued inclusion of the preterm birth sub-line at $2 million to reflect current CDC preterm birth spending focused on state-based Perinatal Quality Collaboratives.
  • The March of Dimes requests $3 million within HRSA’s Title V, Projects of Regional and National Significance, account to support nationwide implementation of the Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (COIIN) initiative on infant mortality. Among its efforts, the COIIN helps states reduce elective deliveries before 39 weeks and implement smoking cessation initiatives – known interventions to prevent infant mortality and preterm birth.

Newborn Screening

  • In 2014, with strong bipartisan support, the House and Senate passed the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (P.L. 113-240). This program helps states adopt more screenings, enhance provider and consumer education, and ensure coordinated follow-up care.
  • The March of Dimes requests $18 million for the HRSA Heritable Disorders program reauthorized under this legislation to support states’ vital newborn screening programs.

National Institutes of Health

  • The March of Dimes requests $34.5 billion for the NIH, our nation’s preeminent medical research institution. The NIH helps strengthen our economy, inspire the next generation of scientists and researchers, and discover cures and treatments for the most vexing health issues.
  • The March of Dimes requests $1.44 billion for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). This funding will allow NICHD to enhance investments in biomedical and clinical research related to prematurity prevention and the treatment of preterm infants and their mothers. Test

* The 2017 federal fiscal year runs from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017.




See also: Federal Advocacy, State AdvocacyAdvocacy and Government Affairs Issues and PrioritiesMarch of Dimes Data Book for Policy Makers and Peristats.