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  Children’s National Receives March of Dimes Grant
January 26, 2010

Washington, DC — Children’s National Medical Center received a grant aimed at underserved maternal and child health needs in Washington, DC, from the March of Dimes Maryland National Capital Area Chapter. The grant will support the SIDS Outreach Project at Children’s National. The program provides SIDS risk reduction education to high risk families and child care providers in metropolitan Washington, DC, region.

“We will use the March of Dimes grant as seed money to meet our objective of providing mothers with the information that they need to keep their sleeping babies safe,” said Rachel Moon, MD, a pediatrician and SIDS researcher at Children’s National.

Children’s National has a longstanding commitment to improving the lives of infants, not only through SIDS research, but also through its clinical work, which includes the region’s highest designated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health organization whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth.

Contact: Emily Dammeyer/Jennifer Leischer; 202-476-4500.

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