SD chapter of the March of Dimes gives grants to help moms, babies

SD chapter of the March of Dimes gives grants to help moms, babies The South Dakota Chapter of the March of Dimes is pleased to advance maternal and infant health in South Dakota by supporting several initiatives that address the unique needs of the state.

In addition to awarding $30 million for biomedical research each year nationally, the March of Dimes also gives financial support to initiate community-based projects that hold promise to help reduce birth defects and infant mortality by addressing particular local needs.

In South Dakota, a review of state and local health statistics and service gaps determined that mothers and babies would benefit from these programs, said Cris Engen of Brookings, chair of the State Program Services Committee.

"We are pleased that our successful fundraising efforts, such as WalkAmerica, make it possible for us to support new, locally focused efforts to help babies be born healthy," she said.

The 2001 grantees are as follows: Flandreau Medical Clinic/Avera Health in the amount of $12,000; USD Student Counseling Center in the amount of $18,000; and the Young Women's Clinic at Avera McKennan Health Services in the amount of $15,000.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies.

More information is available on the March of Dimes Web site and South Dakota website-

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