The Herald Bulletin

June 10, 2013

March of Dimes awards $20,500 grant to health center

Program targets county's infant mortality problem

The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — The March of Dimes has awarded a grant to the Madison County Community Health Centers. Inc. to support the Centering Pregnancy Program that is aimed at underserved maternal and child health needs here in Madison County.

The grant amount is $20,500 with options to apply for two more years and is made possible with support of March of Dimes by Wellpoint. While this grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards to the organizations in Indiana in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects and infant mortality, Madison County Community Health Center is the only one in Madison County.

This program is a unique model of evidence based outcome management care that will attack the Madison County infant mortality problem, and will empower women to choose health-promoting behaviors. The unique approach provides a group support system which allows time to address health issues and concerns specific to pregnancy while also creating an environment to build self-confidence. The program will be integrated into and enhance the existing prenatal program.

Madison County has a very high infant mortality rate and low birth weight that has led to dangerous outcomes and a need for transformation, a March of Dimes representative said in a press release.

According to Indiana State Health Department 2007 data, Madison County has an infant mortality rate of 8.5 per 1,000 while the state of Indiana is 6.5 overall and 5.4 in Hamilton County.

“We will use the March of Dimes grant as seed money to meet our objectives of providing mothers and babies with this model for prenatal care through the Centering Pregnancy Program,” Anthony J. Malone, president and CEO, said in the news release. “We are grateful to those volunteers who support the March of Dimes by participating in events like March for Babies and who donate in other ways. That participation and those donations make this grant possible.”

The Centering Pregnancy Program will begin classes on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Conference Center at the Madison County Community Health Center, 1547 Ohio Ave., Anderson. English and Spanish speaking moms are welcome. Contact Ariel Su at for more information.