HJ767: Commending the March of Dimes.


HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 767
Commending the March of Dimes.

 

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, January 25, 2013
Agreed to by the Senate, January 31, 2013

 

WHEREAS, the March of Dimes 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 establishing 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 conditions states should include in newborn programs, and through state advocacy 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 families, 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), which Congress enacted in 2006 to expand research, education, and services to fight premature births; and

WHEREAS, the March of Dimes has set a national goal of reducing preterm birth to 9.6 percent 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 elective 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; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend the March of Dimes on the occasion of its 75th anniversary; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the March of Dimes as an expression of the General Assembly’s congratulations and admiration for the organization’s dedication to working to provide every child with a healthy start in life.


HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 767
Offered January 22, 2013
Commending the March of Dimes.
Patron-- Plum

WHEREAS, the March of Dimes 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 establishing 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 conditions states should include in newborn programs, and through state advocacy 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 families, 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), which Congress enacted in 2006 to expand research, education, and services to fight premature births; and

WHEREAS, the March of Dimes has set a national goal of reducing preterm birth to 9.6 percent 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 elective 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; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend the March of Dimes on the occasion of its 75th anniversary; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the March of Dimes as an expression of the General Assembly’s congratulations and admiration for the organization’s dedication to working to provide every child with a healthy start in life.