MARCH OF DIMES FLORIDA CHAPTER PRESENTS 16 LOCAL AWARDS - Grants aimed to improve maternal and child health

| Friday, January 1, 2016

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Maitland, Florida, January 01, 2016 —

The March of Dimes Florida Chapter has distributed chapter grant and community awards to organizations statewide to improve maternal and child health. These grants will give attention to significant issues, such as access to prenatal health and care, and will contribute to healthy maternal-infant outcomes in the community.

“By supporting the efforts of community organizations in Florida, the March of Dimes is able to reach out to high-risk mothers and increase their chances of having a healthy pregnancy,” 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 make it possible to fund our community awards.”

Donations raised through March for Babies, the premier fundraising event of the March of Dimes, help fund the awards program. This year, three chapter grants and 13 community awards were presented. Every project usually lasts a period of one year. The distribution of the awards contributes locally to the mission of the March of Dimes of preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality, to give every baby a fighting chance.

The three chapter grant awards of up to $50,000, total $116,500:
• Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach, Inc.
o Grant summary: to provide the evidence-based Centering Pregnancy model of group prenatal care to pregnant women in northern and western communities of Palm Beach County.

• Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions
o Grant summary: to support continuous progress and quality improvement to the initial training of Florida’s Smoking Cessation Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT) program.

• Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition, Inc.
o Grant summary: to improve birth outcomes and train the next generation of obstetricians in an alternate care delivery system by initiating a Centering Pregnancy program in Century, Florida.

The 13 community awards of up to $3,000, total $35,000:
• Champions for Children
• Covenant House, Florida, Inc.
• Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County
• Healthy Start Coalition of Brevard
• Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida
• Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital NICU
• North Brevard County Hospital District DBA Parrish Medical Center
• North Central Florida Post-Polio Group
• Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition
• Post-Polio Group of Greater Fort Lauderdale
• South Lake Hospital
• University of West Florida
• West Florida Hospital

About the March of Dimes
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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About March of Dimes

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