Program areas at March of Dimes
Programs, education, and advocacy - see schedule oprograms, education, and advocacynicu initiativeswe supported people at every stage of pregnancy and reached more than 52,000 families with babies in the nicu with programs and services to help them get care. Through nicu initiatives, we provided access to support and education needed to improve the patient experience, which included the expansion of our services to nicu families and staff through 12 new nicu family support (nfs) sites in hospitals with more than 70 sites across the country.mobile health centersmarch of Dimes mom & baby mobile health centers provided over 4,100 patient visits, helping uninsured and under-insured women of childbearing age and families receive quality healthcare. We served five communities, including in Arizona, Maryland, and Ohio. We also added a state-of-the-art 40-foot mobile clinic, which will be online soon to help women in brooklyn and queens in new york city.supportive pregnancy caresupportive pregnancy care (spc) provided tools, training, and support for healthcare providers to implement a sustainable model of group prenatal care in a way that works best for their practice and the pregnant people they serve. We supported 45 spc sites around the country with seven brand new sites. Professional educationthe March of Dimes professional education team trained more than 33,000 healthcare professionals and students with live and online training. Our implicit bias training to expose the impact systemic racism has on birth outcomes and maternal health made up 20,160 of these trainings to help us close the health equity gap. More than 12,900 participants engaged in eight new maternal health training sessions and six enhanced sessions for nicu professionals.consumer educationmarch of Dimes consumer education for both families and medical professionals reached more than nine million unique individuals with trusted education to ensure healthy pregnancies and babies. Our signature it starts with mom live in may generated over 340,000 views, and also in 2022, we hosted 11 healthy moms, strong babies webinars, reaching more than 335,000 people.peristatsperistats is our website that provides free access to maternal and infant health-related data at the u.s., state, county, and city level. The peristats webpage had 178,370 visits for health professionals, researchers, medical librarians, policymakers, students, and the media to easily access this data for fact-finding, health assessments, grant writing, policy development, lectures, and presentations.advocacymarch of Dimes' office of government affairs (oga) led a successful aggressive maternal and child health policy agenda with 127 state level bills advocated for and 31 legislative victories. At the federal level, we advocated for 65 bills to improve mom and baby health nationwide, with the passage and signing of 18 landmark laws. Through our advocacy efforts, the pregnant workers fairness act was included as part of an omnibus as an amendment and passed in december and we continued to advocate for federal paid family leave. March of Dimes advocacy led to a nearly $3 billion increase in spending by federal and state governments on maternal and infant health programs for 2023.
Community collaboration - see schedule ocommunity collaborationmarch of Dimes convened thousands of volunteers, corporations, and people to build initiatives, collaborate, and turn around the maternal and infant health crisis that families across the country face.volunteer engagementwe couldn't fight for healthy moms and strong babies without our volunteers. With 6,000 new volunteers joining us last year, totaling 24,000, we made an impact together by: - providing 725 military families educational information and baby items through mission: healthy baby. - writing 7,00 notes of hope to families in the nicu or notes of gratitude to healthcare workers, for a total of 25,000 delivered since the program's start. - raising $2.67 million dollars, thanks to our 2022 March for babies national service partners, with 12,032 walkers participating. - leveraging volunteer support to respond to global crisis and disaster recovery (ukraine, ky flooding, hurricane ian, etc.) With a total estimated in-kind contribution value of over $100,000. March for babies and special eventsfunds raised at our special events support our fight to improve the health of moms and babies. Together with our supporters, we raised over $29.5 million in our biggest activation of the year, March for babies, and more than $21 million in our special events. 80% of that went toward our work to ensure that every family is healthy.collective impactmore than 250 cross-sector organizations actively work with us to tackle the maternal and infant health crisis using collective impact (ci), a model for solving complex social problems. Locally, nine ci communities across the country focus efforts on key drivers and root causes of infant mortality, preterm birth, maternal mortality, and severe maternal morbidity, and in 2022, reached more than 6,400 people.m-banmarch of Dimes facilitates the mom and baby action network (m-ban): a consortium of over 400 national, state, and local partners dedicated to addressing inequities in maternal and infant health through five shared strategies and to improve mom and baby health. As a leading m-ban partner, we also build partnerships with local public and private organizations in communities across the u.s. to improve mom and baby health. In total, 800 advocates engaged in a series of m-ban learning webinars.exploring solutions togethercompass by March of Dimes we launched an innovative new mobile app called compass by March of Dimes that supports parents in their journey from pregnancy through postpartum by providing answers, resources, and compassion at every step. Key features include journal and trackers, a community and resource library, nicu family support partners, questions to ask a care provider, and more.maternal healthcare project maternal health collaborative to advance racial equity (maternal healthcare) is a multi-year public-private partnership between the u.s. department of health and human services (hhs) and March of Dimes to improve maternal health outcomes and advance equity. The vision for this quality improvement project is to ensure that every black woman will have a safe and respectful birth experience with access to high-quality care before, during, and after pregnancy. This project launched in 2021 and operated in three hospitals in two states throughout 2022.postpartum pilot to increase access to postpartum education and support, March of Dimes partnered with merck for mothers and johnson and johnson to develop, test, and evaluate curriculum content and programmatic structure to address the gap in postpartum education, support, and resources to meet moms and their needs in the way that works best for their lifestyle. The pilot was offered to participants from three communities (atlanta, ga; chicago, il; and birmingham, al), as well as from March of Dimes affiliated nicu partners around the country. We exceeded our recruitment goal of 60 participants with a total of 69 participants, more than half of which were members of communities that are black, indigenous, and people of color. Influencers by raising awareness about the issues impacting moms and babies, our helps drive attention to areas where it's needed most. Our 10 celebrity advocate council members are deeply involved with the work of March of Dimes and dedicated to raising awareness about the issues impacting moms and babies. In 2022, we had the addition of our first celebrity mission-affected couple to the council: entrepreneur, author, and former olympic gymnast shawn johnson east and her husband, nfl player andrew east.
Research - see schedule oresearchmarch of Dimes addressed the multifaceted nature of the u.s. maternal and infant health crisis. By funding innovative research that spans disciplines, we're expanding knowledge and developing tools and resources to save moms' lives and help babies thrive.prematurity research centersour research to find the causes and preventions of preterm birth continued at our five prematurity research centers (prcs) in the u.s. and london. Our newest prc at the university of California, san francisco led the field in the integration of machine learning and data science to understand and prevent preterm birth. Research at imperial college london on glycans and glycobiology in cervicovaginal fluid shows promise as an early indicator of preterm birth.grantswe invested more than $5.7 million among 42 awardees, including over $4.5 million to our prcs in 2022 to speed the development of lifesaving diagnostics and treatments for moms and babies, and we published 82 articles in 62 unique journals with an overall impact factor score of over 570.fundsin september we launched our innovation fund, a venture philanthropy initiative that will use donated funds to invest in early-stage companies to address the most pressing maternal and infant health challenges to improve outcomes for moms and babies. We engaged with over 100 companies in the maternal and infant health space and completed one investment in 2022.