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Southeast Health District gets unspecified grant

Special to SEGAZINE

The March of Dimes has awarded a grant to the Southeast Health District to support Perinatal Health Partners, a Public Health program aimed at underserved maternal and child health needs. This program will improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality through in-home nursing care and case management to medically high-risk pregnant women.

“We will use the March of Dimes grant as seed money to meet our objective of providing mothers and babies with preconception and interconception health education and services” said Becky Brantley, registered nurse.

“We are grateful to those volunteers who support the March of Dimes by participation in events like March for Babies and who donate in other ways. That participation and those donations make this grant possible.”

The Perinatal Health Partners program works in conjunction with the private providers in the Southeast Health District to provide in-home nurse case management services to high-risk perinatal patients. Program staff provide intense individualized education targeted toward reduction of risky behaviors during pregnancy that cause poor fetal outcomes, signs and symptoms of preterm labor and preconceptual care as well as interconceptual care.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth.

For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at marchofdimes.com or its Spanish language Web site at nacersano.org.

The Southeast Health District is a Georgia Department of Public Health district that serves the following counties: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bulloch, Candler, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Evans, Jeff Davis, Pierce, Tattnall, Toombs, Ware and Wayne.

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