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Advocacy is vital to March of Dimes to advance our mission through public policies, programs and funding.

The U.S. is facing a maternal and infant health crisis, fueled by the health equity gap in our health care system. 

We advocate and maintain strong relationships with Congress and the Administration to ensure the passage of a wide range of key maternal and infant health reforms.

  • Increase access to quality health care: March of Dimes advocates for access to quality, high-value, private health insurance and public health coverage, as well as programs that provide integrated health care services.
  • Support healthy women and babies: March of Dimes supports a broad range of policies and programs to promote health, improve health equity, prevent disease, further patient safety and prevent infant mortality. 
  • Improve research and surveillance: March of Dimes advocates for innovative medical research and robust health surveillance programs.
     

Why we advocate

6.9
million women nationwide have little or no access to maternal health care
C-
grade for maternal and infant health for the entire United States
383k
babies were born too soon in 2021

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Advocate for Healthy Families

Action Center

See how you can take action to support the advancement of March of Dimes’ federal and state policy priorities and ensure parents and babies have the healthy start they deserve!
Learn about our policy initiatives

Policies and positions

Learn more about our advocacy for women, infants, children and families across a wide range of issues at the federal and state levels.
Let your voice be heard

Federal advocacy

We lobby both Congress and the Administration and maintain strong relationships with policymakers across the political spectrum. Our priorities include a wide range of maternal child health issues.
Make change locally

State advocacy

Find out how March of Dimes works to influence both legislative and regulatory activities in each state. Our volunteers and staff serve as powerful voices for the needs of pregnant women, infants, children, and families.
Victories for moms and babies

Victories and achievements

Learn about March of Dimes victories and achievements in federal and state advocacy. We have played a critical role in shaping national and state policies that impact women, infants, children, and families.
Become an empowered advocate

Advocacy leadership

Take a central role in our advocacy campaign to change public policies across the nation and acquire the skills to lead others to do the same.

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Take action to support the advancement of March of Dimes’ federal policy priorities and ensure parents and babies have the healthy start they deserve.