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March of Dimes Awards Grant to the Indiana Rural Health Association

Posted by: Tina Elliott  | November 21, 2018

(Terre Haute, Indiana, November 21, 2018) – March of Dimes Indiana has awarded a grant to the Indiana Rural Health Association to support the Rural Maternity Medical Home Collaborative, aimed at serving maternal and child health needs here in the central southwest Indiana counties of Vermillion, Parke, Clay, Owen, Sullivan, Greene, Putnam and Vigo with the highest infant mortality rate of 9.2 per 1000 live births , in Indiana.

The Rural Maternity Medical Home Collaborative is a community-based project addressing the health concerns of pregnant women and infants with a goal of decreasing infant mortality in Central Southwest communities through the deployment of OB Navigators for pregnant women identified as at/high risk. This program will provide education, access to resources, and enhanced prenatal care services including smoking cessation resources to pregnant women. Smoking is known to contribute to premature birth and low birth weight.

This grant is one of many that March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to the lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies.

“We will use the March of Dimes grant to help meet our objective to support our data collection efforts and research on the effectiveness of providing OB Navigators to facilitate early prenatal care,” said Cindy Large, Project Director. “We are grateful to those in our community who support 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,” she said.

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every family can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we stand up for every mom and every baby. Visit or for more information. Visit for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

The Indiana Rural Health Association was organized in 1997 and is a nonprofit organization working to enhance the health and well-being of rural populations in Indiana through leadership, education, advocacy, collaboration, and resource development. The strength of the organization is through the present diverse membership and the founding organizers who are committed to impacting the health of citizens through the identification of rural health issues and through advocacy roles in both the public and private sectors. IRHA membership is made up of 3,300 diverse individuals and organizations, making it the largest state rural health association in the nation, and a nationally recognized leader in rural health care. For more information, visit

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