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March of Dimes Award Grant to Clay County Public Health Center

LIBERTY, Mo. – Feb. 14, 2017 – The March of Dimes has awarded the Clay County Public Health Center a grant of $7,400 to be used to implement and support a tobacco cessation program for prenatal women and families receiving services at the Health Center. The program, Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT), is an evidence based tobacco cessation program for families enrolled in WIC and prenatal case management. The goal is to serve 50 families in the first year and a total of 150 families in three years.

“We know the science that tells us smoking during pregnancy can have many negative impacts on a developing baby,” said Sue Miller, director, Division of Community Health Promotion. “Working with our partners at the March of Dimes will allow us to implement a smoking cessation program to improve maternal and child health, impacting health for a child from the beginning.”

The March of Dimes funds Maternal and Child Health Program grants to support programs working to improve the health of mothers and babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  Priority is given to projects that addressed increased access to health care or prevention services to help reduce disparities and are evidence based, include measurable outcomes, and promote equity in birth outcomes.

This was a competitive grant process requiring submission of a 15 page proposal and application including an outcomes worksheet and budget. The application was reviewed by the March of Dimes Kansas City Chapter’s multi-disciplinary Maternal and Child Health Committee and the Health Center was notified of the award in December.

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