PALO ALTO MEDICAL FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE CHANTEL JOHNSON TO CHAIR SILICON VALLEY MARCH FOR BABIES CAMPAIGN

2019 marks PAMF’s fifteenth year of sponsoring and participating in March for Babies, the largest fund-raising event of March of Dimes

San Jose, CA. | Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Health care and community leader Chantel Johnson, Ph.D., R.N., has been named chair of the 2019 Silicon Valley March for Babies presented by Sutter Health. Dr. Johnson will bring her professional experience at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) – overseeing pediatric and women’s health – to this annual March of Dimes’ fundraiser.

Dr. Johnson knows how important it is that every baby has a healthy start in life. “I have dedicated my career to improving the health of mothers and their babies, and I’m concerned that our county has seen an increase in preterm births for the past three years.”

March of Dimes gives 4 million babies born each year the best possible start. Nearly half a million of them, are born prematurely or with birth defects. Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the U.S. and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years.

“March for Babies is an opportunity to raise critical funds for March of Dimes’ mission to empower families with programs, knowledge and tools for healthier pregnancies.” Dr. Johnson is asking local businesses and community leaders to join her support of this year’s March for Babies campaign.

“Whether you participate in March for Babies in your community or in a March for Babies virtual walk, you’re helping to tackle the biggest health threats facing moms and babies,” says Robert Pinnix, March of Dimes Greater Bay Area Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Johnson serve as our local March for Babies chair as she shares our commitment to moms through every stage of the pregnancy journey, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan.”

Silicon Valley March for Babies will take place Saturday, April 27 at History San Jose in Kelley Park. Last year’s March for Babies campaign in the Greater Bay Area raised more than $1.1 million. Every March for Babies participant can make a huge difference for families. This year, 3,000,000 people in 400 communities across the United States will participate. On-site registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the three-mile walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. You can sign up today at marchforbabies.org/event/siliconvalley. Start a team with your company, family or friends, or donate directly to give every baby the best possible start. For local sponsorship opportunities and information, contact Jes Wade at 408.490.2947 or jwade@marchofdimes.org.

The 2019 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, HCA, Cigna and regionally by Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, the Silicon Valley March for Babies is sponsored by Presenting Sponsor: Sutter Health; Gold Sponsors: Big 5 Sporting Goods, Good Samaritan Hospital, Regional Medical Center of San Jose, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Foundation, Stanford Children’s Health – Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Silver Sponsor: Santa Clara Family Health Plan; Bronze Sponsor: MAM Baby; and Media Partners: ABC7 Bay Area and Wild 94.9

About Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is dedicated to enhancing the health of people in our communities. This includes more than 700,000 patients and countless community members across Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

PAMF is a part of Sutter Health’s integrated, not-for-profit network. Teams from across Sutter proudly support the more than 3 million people in their care—nearly 1 percent of the U.S. population, in one of the most diverse and innovative regions in the world: Northern California.

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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