Resolution J1310-2013

Recognizing the March of Dimes upon the occasion of celebrating its 75th Anniversary



  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION recognizing the March of Dimes upon the occasion
of celebrating its 75th Anniversary

WHEREAS, The March of Dimes Foundation is a  pioneer  in  improving  the
health  of  infants  and  women  of childbearing age by preventing birth
defects, premature birth and infant mortality; and
  WHEREAS, The March of Dimes  was  founded  by  President  Franklin  D.
Roosevelt  in  1938  to  fight  polio, and funded the development of two
vaccines - still in use today - that virtually eliminated the  crippling
disease; and
  WHEREAS,  The  March  of  Dimes,  in 1958, having achieved its initial
mission, shifted its attention from polio to  the  prevention  of  birth
defects,  and  through  federal and state advocacy led the way in estab-
lishing a nationwide network of birth defects  monitoring  programs  and
research centers; and
  WHEREAS,  The  March of Dimes has undertaken decades of groundbreaking
research in maternal and child health, which has led to the discovery of
lifesaving products and tests such as surfactant therapy  for  premature
infants and tests to identify life-threatening birth defects; and
  WHEREAS,  The  March  of Dimes was a pioneer in the support of newborn
screening, urging Congress to pass and fund the Newborn Screening  Saves
Lives  Act, which in 2008, established national guidelines on the condi-
tions states should include in newborn programs, and through state advo-
cacy ensured that every state screens all newborns for that core set  of
conditions; and
  WHEREAS,  The  March  of  Dimes  is a long-time advocate for access to
health care for women of childbearing age, infants, children, and  fami-
lies,  ensuring  they  have access to private and public health coverage
under private coverage, the State Children's Health  Insurance  Program,
Medicaid, Title V Block Grant, and the Affordable Care Act; and
  WHEREAS,  The March of Dimes in 2003 launched the Prematurity Campaign
to address the crisis of premature birth and help  families  have  full-
term,  healthy babies, and authored the Premature Research Expansion and
Education Act for Mothers (PREEMIE) Act, which Congress enacted in  2006
to  expand  research, education, and services to fight premature births;
  WHEREAS, The March of Dimes  has  set  a  national  goal  of  reducing
preterm  births  to  9.6% in every state by 2020, which will result in a
healthier start in life for tens of thousands of infants; and
  WHEREAS, The March of Dimes  sponsors  numerous  programs  to  support
healthy pregnancies and infants, such as its work to prevent early elec-
tive deliveries and the NICU Family Support program; and
  WHEREAS,  The  March  of Dimes and its volunteers continue to advocate
for national and state health policies and programs that affect women of
childbearing age, infants, children, and families; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  the  March  of
Dimes  should be commended for its efforts to give every child a healthy
start  in  life  through  programs  of  research,  education,  community
services and advocacy; and
  WHEREAS,  All New Yorkers should celebrate this year by supporting the
efforts of the March of Dimes; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
recognize  the  March of Dimes upon the occasion of celebrating its 75th
Anniversary; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the March of Dimes.


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