March of Dimes of Southern New Mexico - Nonprofit of the Month April 2013

Apr 19th, 2013

MAILING: PO BOX 2066, MESILLA PARK, NM 88047

WWW.MARCHOFDIMES.COM/NEWMEXICO PHYSICAL: INSIDE PTS OFFICE SYSTEMS, 2840 N. TELSHOR BLVD., LAS CRUCES, NM 88011

OR WWW.NACERSANO.ORG (SPANISH LANGUAGE SITE) AND WWW.MARCHFORBABIES. ORG

523-2627

Mission:

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is inspired by all babies – those born healthy and those who need our help to survive and thrive.

They are the millions of reasons behind our urgent mission and why, every day, we:

  • Provide comfort and information to families with a baby in intensive care;
  • Support life saving research to find treatments and preventions for the serious problems that threaten our babies.

Purpose:

The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the problems that threaten babies and work on preventing them.

Key goals:

Prematurity Campaign:
 

  • By 2020: Reduce the rate of premature birth in the U.S. to 9.6 percent or less.
  • By 2014: Achieve an interim goal in the U.S. of an 8 percent reduction in the premature birth rate for every state, from the 2009 baseline.


Newborn Screening Tests:
 

  • Adding critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel in New Mexico that all babies are tested for.


Folic Acid Education:

 Three-year project:

No. 1 advocate for the use of fortified grain products by local producers of tortillas and other corn-based products; No. 2, educate women of childbearing age and health care providers about preconception care and the importance of folic acid consumption; No. 3, distribute multivitamins containing folic acid to low-income, high-risk women; and No. 4, increase public awareness about folic acid through targeted and varied media opportunities.

History:

Originally founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to find a cure for polio. Original name – National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. President

Roosevelt called on all Americans to send their dimes to the White House to fund polio research. Over $2 million dollars were sent to the White House, and comedian Eddie Cantor coined the phrase “March of Dimes – highlighting our history and celebrating 2013 as the 75th Birthday of the March of Dimes.

Key people to know:

National President – Dr. Jennifer Howse became president of the March of Dimes Foundation in January 1990. Under her leadership, the March of Dimes has doubled its revenue and achieved impressive mission results for mothers and infants, including the successful national folic acid campaign, the launch of a National Prematurity Prevention Campaign and recently the fifth consecutive year of decrease in the national rate of prematurity. Her many contributions were recognized by the scientific community through election in 2011 to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.

Southern New Mexico Director – Becky Horner

Southern New Mexico Board of Directors2013

• Kelly Duke, Chairman

• Jeffrey Silva, Immediate Past Chairman

• Margarita Salazar, Vice-Chair

• David Hicks, Secretary

• Steven Chavira, Volunteer Development Chair

• Kirk Clifton • Ernesto Garcia • Laura Pierce • David McCollum • Sylvia Washington • Antoinette Fuentes-Knapp • Ceil Levatino • Katy Petermeier

Events and activities:

Team Zane Celebrity Waiter event – March

• March for Babies walk–April 27 • High Heels for High Hopes– November

Mountain View Regional Medical Center – New Parent and NICU Parent Support Group – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday, MountainView Women’s Resource Center

Future plans:

More than 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. In local communities across the country, we’re helping moms take charge of their health, and supporting families when something goes wrong. The March of Dimes also acts globally: sharing best practices in perinatal health and helping improve birth outcomes where the needs are the most urgent.