Sacramento, CA | Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D–Fresno) received the 2018 March of Dimes Legislative Champion Award in a special presentation before more than forty volunteers and staff at the annual March of Dimes day of advocacy and awareness. Volunteers came from across the state to Sacramento to educate legislators about the March of Dimes mission and advocate for key 2018 legislative initiatives.  

Assemblymember Dr. Arambula was recognized by March of Dimes for his outstanding leadership, passion and tireless efforts to support key programs and policies that improve the health of women, children and infants in California. In 2017, he successfully led the state’s efforts to urge the federal government to reauthorize funding for the maternal infant early childhood home visiting program. Funding was approved for five years with graduated increases.

“I am honored to be recognized by March of Dimes, an organization which has been making a difference in the health of moms and babies for eighty years,” said Assemblymember Arambula.”

"March of Dimes recognizes Assembly Member Dr. Arambula for his strong leadership in support of healthy moms and healthy babies,” said Tim Curley, Chair of March of Dimes California Advocacy & Government Affairs Committee and Director, Community and Government Relations for Valley Children’s Healthcare. “Since his election to the state Assembly in 2016, Dr. Arambula has been a consistent champion of policies that tackle the biggest health threats to moms and babies in California.”

Past March of Dimes Legislative Champions Recipients in California
2017 -- Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) for her leadership and actions on the Senate Budget Committee with many key budget decisions that have improved the health of women and children, including restoration of funding for the Black Infant Health Program, and protecting the California Children’s Services Program.
2016 – Senator Ben Allen (D–Santa Monica) for co-authoring SB 277, which eliminated the personal belief exemption from school immunization law.
2016 -- Assembly Member Catherine Baker (R–Dublin) for her leadership and votes on key maternal and child health bills including bills related to immunizations, newborn screening and tobacco control.
2015 – Assembly Member Weber (D-San Diego) for ensuring that the state budget restored $4 million in funding for the Black Infant Health (BIH) Program.
2014 – Senator Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa) for leading efforts as Chair of the Senate Health Committee to expand access to and improve the quality of health care for women and children.
2013 – Assembly Member Marty Block (D-San Diego) for authoring and getting signed into law AB 1731 in 2012 to require newborn screening for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD).
2012 – Assembly Member (now Senator) Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) for authoring and getting signed into law AB 395 in 2011 to require newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID).

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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