Tennessee 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 Tennessee, March of Dimes secured 4 legislative wins in 2018 by successfully advocating for legislation to protect funding for several state programs, including two key home visiting programs in the state.
March of Dimes also protected $2.2 million in funding for five Regional Perinatal Centers, which will receive matching federal funding. An additional $500,000 was secured $ for the Centers to distribute grants to hire additional nurse educators and provide perinatal training.
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Below are just a few examples of fact sheets and issue briefs used in successful state advocacy efforts.
- Raising Minimum Tobacco Purchase Age to 21 Fact Sheet
- E-Cigarettes & Pregnancy Fact Sheet
- Access to Care Fact Sheet
- Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) Fact Sheet
- Pregnancy Discrimination Fact Sheet
- Pompe Disease Fact Sheet
- Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Fact Sheet
- Immunization Exemption Fact Sheet
See also: State advocacy (overview), Federal advocacy, Advocacy and Government Affairs Issues and Priorities, Policies & positions, Victories & achievements, March of Dimes Foundation Data Book for Policy Makers and Peristats