New York 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 New York, March of Dimes secured 8 legislative wins in 2018, by advocating in opposition of legislation supporting increased exemptions for childhood immunizations for children attending public schools and efforts to require neonatal intensive care physicals to screen each NICU admission for NAS and report all instances. 

Advocates also successfully advocated in support of legislation to prohibit tobacco retailers and manufacturers from giving free tobacco/nicotine products or samples targeting youth. They also advocated in support of 5 budgetary items, including: 
•    continued funding for the Community Optional Preventative Services (COPS) program; the Healthy Families New York program, which offers home-based services to expectant families and new parents; 
•    continued funding of state immunizations programs; funding for Nurse-Family Partnership, and; 
•    advocated against proposed cuts and/or consolidation to programmatic funding.

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