You always hear about charities raising money,
but you don't hear too much about how they spend it.
Below is a fact sheet put together by the Texas Chapter.
It explains more about what the March of Dimes is, and what the folks there are doing to help - thanks largely through the money raised at events like March for Babies.
The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. And if something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the problems that threaten our babies and work on preventing them. The money raised through March for Babies, and other March of Dimes fundraising events, supports lifesaving research, community services, education and advocacy that helps babies get a healthy start.
PREMATURITY: most common threat to the health of babies
Research to find the answers: $8.9 million funds 43 research grants active at Texas research universities in 2007.
Texas research sites include and have included:
Newborn Screening (NBS)
Work with Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to ensure funding for newborn screening for cystic fibrosis is included in 2009 budget request to Texas legislature and to ensure all newborns are screened for hearing loss.
Texas Birth Defects Registry (TBDR)
The March of Dimes will work with DSHS to maintain adequate funding in ’09 for the TBDR which exists to identify and describe patterns of birth defects in Texas and collaborate with others in finding causes of birth defects, working towards prevention, and linking families with services.
Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP)
Work with Texas CHIP Coalition to develop policies related to comprehensive and affordable access to care for pregnant women and infants.
Monitor immunization coverage for newborns and children.
The goal of the community awards program is to identify and fund grass roots, community-based programs addressing the health concerns of pregnant women and infants.
Each Public Health Region has $8,000 to award programs in their area.