Louisiana State Advocacy

March of Dimes volunteers and staff work to influence both legislative and regulatory activities in each state by serving as powerful voices for the needs of pregnant women, infants, children and families. Our efforts span the full range of our annual Advocacy & Government Affairs priorities, including access to care, research and surveillance, and prevention and education. 

In Louisiana, March of Dimes secured one regulatory win in 2018 by successfully amending the state’s child protection policy to ensure the state can secure federal Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment (CAPTA) funding for families with infants who have Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

March of Dimes Louisiana also secured five legislative wins by successfully supporting legislation for a pilot program to improve neonatal opiate withdrawal syndrome outcomes associated with NAS; supported a resolution to add Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) to the newborn screening panel, and; successfully advocated for legislation to create a study committee to evaluate the state’s prevalence of tobacco-related illnesses resulting from secondhand smoke exposure.

Louisiana advocates successfully supported legislation to establish the Healthy Moms & Healthy Babies Advisory Council to address the state's poor birth outcomes and rising rates of maternal mortality, and secured a dedicated March of Dimes council seat. 

Below are just a few examples of fact sheets and issue briefs used in successful state advocacy efforts. 

See also: State advocacy (overview)Federal advocacyAdvocacy and Government Affairs Issues and PrioritiesPolicies & positionsVictories & achievementsMarch of Dimes Data Book for Policy Makers and Peristats