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  1. 1. March of Dimes Giving every baby a healthy start
  2. 2. The March of Dimes Mission: <ul><ul><li>is to improve the health of babies by </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>preventing birth defects, premature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>birth, and infant mortality. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>March of Dimes carries out their </li></ul><ul><li>mission through research, </li></ul><ul><li>education, community services </li></ul><ul><li>and advocacy. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The March of Dimes </li></ul><ul><li>researchers, volunteers, </li></ul><ul><li>educators and advocates work </li></ul><ul><li>together to give all babies a </li></ul><ul><li>fighting chance against the </li></ul><ul><li>threats of prematurity, birth </li></ul><ul><li>defects and low birth weight. </li></ul>
  5. 5. HISTORY <ul><li>January 1938- </li></ul><ul><li>President Franklin D. Roosevelt established </li></ul><ul><li>the National Foundation for Infantile </li></ul><ul><li>Paralysis. </li></ul><ul><li>This was a partnership of scientist and </li></ul><ul><li>volunteers to conquer polio. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>In the same year Eddie Cantor </li></ul><ul><li>created a fund-raiser for the </li></ul><ul><li>National Foundation. He asked </li></ul><ul><li>the public to send dimes to </li></ul><ul><li>President Roosevelt, this was </li></ul><ul><li>called the March of Dimes. This </li></ul><ul><li>is how the foundation was </li></ul><ul><li>named. </li></ul>
  7. 7. RESEARCH Since 1984, March of Dimes has funded at least 200 grants; totaling 13 million dollars. 1998- invested in a six year Perinatal Epidemiology Research Initiative; totaling more than 5.7 million dollars. This study was to research how stress, infection, genetics and environment may trigger preterm labor.
  8. 8. <ul><li>Investments in research by </li></ul><ul><li>March of Dimes has led to 18 </li></ul><ul><li>scientists winning the Nobel </li></ul><ul><li>Peace Prize </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>We have already seen the results of Genetic Research. </li></ul><ul><li>With funding from March of Dimes scientists have used gene therapy successfully in treating hemophilia and retinitis pigmentosa in the lab. </li></ul><ul><li>Having results in the lab gets us closer to a cure. </li></ul>
  10. 10. EDUCATION <ul><li>Health Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships with WIC and Healthy Start </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Workshops </li></ul>
  11. 11. Education is the first step to prevention <ul><li>November is Prematurity Awareness Month </li></ul><ul><li>This is a national effort to make the public aware </li></ul><ul><li>of the growing problem of premature birth. </li></ul><ul><li>In stores across the country retailers decorate the </li></ul><ul><li>store in pink and blue and have promotions to raise </li></ul><ul><li>community awareness of premature births. </li></ul><ul><li>More then 150 buildings and landmarks were light up </li></ul><ul><li>with pink and blue lights to show the importance of </li></ul><ul><li>fighting premature births. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Along with education, March of </li></ul><ul><li>Dimes also provides many </li></ul><ul><li>services to help in the </li></ul><ul><li>community. </li></ul><ul><li>If after giving birth, in a hospital that has </li></ul><ul><li>partnered with March of Dimes, a </li></ul><ul><li>premature baby and family will have a </li></ul><ul><li>NICU Family Support Specialist, who will </li></ul><ul><li>provide them with a caring voice, </li></ul><ul><li>educational material and activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents are given photos that show babies </li></ul><ul><li>firsts. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Another service provided was </li></ul><ul><li>after the hurricanes in 2005 in </li></ul><ul><li>the Gulf Coast, volunteers and </li></ul><ul><li>staff provided emergency care, </li></ul><ul><li>clothing, dippers, formula and </li></ul><ul><li>vitamins to babies and mothers </li></ul><ul><li>displaced from their homes. </li></ul><ul><li>March of Dimes now has a Hurricane </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance Fund , including 4 mobile </li></ul><ul><li>health centers that will bring </li></ul><ul><li>prenatal and well baby visits directly </li></ul><ul><li>to families. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The use of the internet is very helpful too <ul><li>The March of Dimes web page </li></ul><ul><li>has a lot of information and </li></ul><ul><li>links to reliable sources for </li></ul><ul><li>parents and soon-to- be parents </li></ul><ul><li>to help educate them on how </li></ul><ul><li>to have a healthy full term </li></ul><ul><li>baby. </li></ul>
  15. 15. FUNDING- 2006 <ul><li>March for Babies- $110.4 million </li></ul><ul><li>(Walk America) </li></ul><ul><li>Special Events- $43.6 million </li></ul><ul><li>Bikers for babies, jail & bail & light a little star </li></ul><ul><li>Donations- $45.6 million </li></ul><ul><li>Mothers March- $20 million </li></ul><ul><li>Grants (major gifts) - $21.1 million </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>According to Mona Lee at the </li></ul><ul><li>Tampa March of Dimes office, </li></ul><ul><li>77% of the funding goes back </li></ul><ul><li>to the program. </li></ul>
  17. 17. ADVOCACY <ul><li>Volunteers and staff lobby legislators in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>government to support budgets, programs and services that are vital to mom’s and babies. </li></ul><ul><li>One area of success in 2006 was an increase in the screening of newborns for disorders that could be life threatening. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Expanded newborn screening is extremely vital, if you catch just one child, what a world of difference it makes.” says Deb Lee Gould, director, Fatty Oxidation Disorders Family Support Group. </li></ul>
  18. 18. What makes March of Dimes? <ul><li>The partnership between </li></ul><ul><li>volunteers, researchers and </li></ul><ul><li>staff makes the March of Dimes </li></ul><ul><li>work. </li></ul><ul><li>With the help from the </li></ul><ul><li>American people, the March of </li></ul><ul><li>Dimes has saved the lives of </li></ul><ul><li>millions of babies over the past </li></ul><ul><li>64 years. </li></ul>
  19. 19. SOME THING TO THINK ABOUT in Florida on an average week: <ul><li>4,193 babies are born </li></ul><ul><li>450 babies are born to mother age 15-19 </li></ul><ul><li>374 babies are born to mother who receive inadequate prenatal care </li></ul><ul><li>563 babies are born preterm </li></ul><ul><li>358 babies are born with low birth weight </li></ul><ul><li>31 babies die before their 1 st birthday </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>With all of the work that the </li></ul><ul><li>volunteers, researchers and </li></ul><ul><li>staff of March of Dimes does </li></ul><ul><li>we can hope that the number of </li></ul><ul><li>babies born with low birth </li></ul><ul><li>weights, fixable medical </li></ul><ul><li>problems and even death will </li></ul><ul><li>become less as the years go by. </li></ul>