March of Dimes - New Mexico Chapter
The mission of the March of Dimes is the prevention of birth defects, infant mortality and premature birth.
We fulfill our mission through research, education, community service and advocacy. Our researchers primarily focus on the prevention of premature birth and birth defects. An important part of our community service and education outreach is a grant program used to fund organizations throughout New Mexico.We also provide educational materials to public health organizations, hospitals, and other non-profits throughout the state.Additionally, we have an employee that works as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Family Specialist. This position provides education and support to families that have infants in the NICU at Lovelace Women's Hospital. Other NICU's throughout the state utilize March of Dimes materials to provide education to families with infants in the NICU.Finally, our advocacy efforts focus on grass-roots lobbying efforts to ensure that legislation in the best interest of mothers and babies is a priority. March of Dimes advocacy efforts most recently have lead to all 50 states mandating 29 newborn screening tests. These tests identify infant risk factors and prevent lifelong disease.
Becky Horner, State Director