March of Dimes Florida Chapter Distributes 14 Community Awards - Awards help Florida’s moms and babies

| Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Maitland, Florida, February 26, 2015 —

March of Dimes Florida Chapter has presented community awards to organizations across the state to address unmet maternal and child health needs. These grants will give attention to significant maternal and child health issues, such as access to prenatal care and preconception health, and will contribute to healthy maternal-infant outcomes in our community.

”By supporting the efforts of Florida community organizations, the March of Dimes is able to reach out to high-risk moms and increase their probability of having a healthy baby,” said Dr. Karen Harris, Chair of the Program Services Committee for the Florida Chapter of the March of Dimes. “We are grateful that our successful fundraising efforts, such as March for Babies, make it possible to fund these community awards.”

Donations raised through March for Babies, the premier fundraising event of the March of Dimes, helps fund the community awards program. Every project usually lasts a period of one year. The distribution of this year’s community awards contributes locally to the mission of the March of Dimes of preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The 14 awards, which are small grants of up to $3,000, total $30,000:

  • Children's Healing Institute (Palm Beach) - Education Empowerment for better Health Outcomes
  • Florida International University (Miami-Dade) - Community Collaborative: A Household-Centered Approach to Preconception Education and Healthcare
  • Good Samaritan Mission (Hillsborough) - Mama´ Saludable -- Bebe´ Saludable
  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Inc. - SIDS Reduction through Safe Infant Sleep Education
  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of North Florida (Duval) - Community Outreach
  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County - Small Steps, Great Parents - A Workshop Series for Pregnancy Families
  • Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition - Belly Beautiful
  • North Central Florida Post-Polio Support Group (Marion) - Post Polio Support Group
  • Post Polio Support Group of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc. - The Polio Post - Newsletter
  • Rural Women's Health Project (Alachua) -"Let's Talk About It" - Prenatal Care for HIV Positive Women
  • South Lake Hospital (Lake) - Expansion of Prepared Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Newborn Care Classes and Postnatal Support Groups
  • Stork's Nest of Jacksonville, Inc. - The Stork's Nest of Jacksonville
  • Susan B. Anthony Center, Inc. (Broward) - Healthy Moms & Babies Project
  • University of West Florida - Attack Infant Mortality (AIM): Escambia Community Peer Health Educator Program

The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebook at @marchofdimesflorida, Twitter at @marchofdimesfl, and Instagram at @marchofdimesflorida.


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