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March of Dimes
UTHSC Children’s Foundation Research Center of Memphis
to Help Hispanic Mothers and Babies
Grant is One of Seven Awarded in 2006
Titled “Comenzando bien” (translated, “beginning well”), the prenatal curriculum was developed by the March of Dimes in partnership with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. The program is being implemented at the Hickory Hill Public Health Clinic and CentroSalud, which serve a large Hispanic population. The continued funding will allow the program to be offered in additional church locations, as well. The curriculum reinforces cultural values and supports healthy lifestyles during pregnancy. Topics include the importance of early prenatal care, healthy nutrition practices (including folic acid), and avoiding alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Evaluation measures are related to knowledge changes, as well as the timing of prenatal care and number of prenatal visits kept. Alejandra Gómez serves as the “promotora” (lay health advisor) who teaches the group sessions.
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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 and in 2003 launched a five-year campaign to address the increasing rate or premature birth. For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at www.marchofdimes.com
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