For more than 70 years, the March of Dimes has been committed to bringing science into service for people by advocating in support of scientific inquiry and evidence-based clinical care with decision makers at the White House and in federal agencies, in the halls of Congress, and in state capitals across the nation.
Our government affairs office lobbies for policies and funding to support research and public health programs aimed at improving the health of women, infants and children as well as preventing prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality.
March of Dimes chapters lead legislative and regulatory initiatives to create and strengthen birth defects surveillance and data collection pertaining to the health of women, infants and children.
See also: Federal funding for the National Children's Study, Funding for prematurity-related research, Funding for birth defects activities, Newborn screening funding, State of the Science, Folic Acid 2009 (PDF, 175KB)
Multiple federal agencies support prematurity-related research but among the most engaged are the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health and Maternal and Infant Health Research within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The March of Dimes has advocated for the study since its inception, realizing the critical information that will come from systematically examining the effects of environmental and other influences on the health and development of 100,000 children across the United States.
Information that is collected on birth certificates is vital to understand trends, to determine the infant mortality rate, and to guide decisions for intervention programs and for research. State laws require birth certificates to be completed for all births, and federal law mandates national collection and publication of births and other vital statistics data by the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more on the NCHS website and understand the strict privacy standards covering individuals.