The March of Dimes will provide capacity building assistance (CBA) to Maternal and Child Health Professionals at the national and state levels through our Prematurity Campaign Collaborative (national) and state collaboratives in five states and Puerto Rico. The target population consists of a broad range of governmental, organizational, and individual partners with a stake in achieving equity in birth outcomes: state and local health departments, hospital and health systems, health care providers, family members impacted by prematurity, consumers, and community-based organizations. We will use multiple methods to provide CBA to improve partnerships, laws and policies and programs and services.
At the national level, we will convene workgroups focused specifically on 1) identifying, prioritizing, and customizing relevant programs and services to address public health needs; 2) increasing capacity to evaluate laws and policies to affect birth outcomes; and 3) improving partnership communications to inform the public effectively and efficiently.
In each of the selected states, we will convene a multi-sector collaborative, which will include the state health department, and may include the following types of partners: local health department, hospital and health care systems, health care providers, family members, community-based organizations, etc. This state-level collaborative will gather and review epidemiologic data and information on currently available services, use the data to prioritize programs and services, as well as policy and communication interventions.
March of Dimes will develop and disseminate tools and toolkits, trainings, and resources, which will be adopted by national and state partners. By providing CBA to multiple stakeholders through our national and state collaborations, we aim to achieve the following outcomes to improve the nation's health:
1) Strengthened capability to respond to public health priorities collaboratively and strategically;
2) Strengthened capability to systematically apply and use laws and policies to improve health; and
3) Increased capability to implement evidence-based/informed public health programs, policies, and services to address public health needs.