Our nation’s Capitol was all a buzz with talk of maternal and infant health last week as March of Dimes staff and volunteers from across the U.S. attended the 2011 March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference. They hit The Hill with 3 requests that will improve the health of women, children and families:
- preserve investments in programs critical to the health of women, infants and children (like access to health coverage, preventive services and research activities)
- cosponsor the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act (S. 1440, H.R. 2679) which authorizes research on preterm birth at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reauthorizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) research and more
- cosponsor the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 3187) to honor the 75th anniversary of March of Dimes and our landmark accomplishments in maternal and child health and provide additional resources to continue our vital work
Whew! That’s a mouthful! Fortunately our Greater Oregon Chapter State Director, Beth Joscelyn, and our 2010 Board Chair, Michael O’Reilly, were accompanied by a promising young volunteer from Union, Oregon, Taylor Sarman, who also happens to be the National President for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Together they expressed our desires and needs in improving the health of babies.