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May 15, 2012

We just hosted our very first Webinar on Reproductive Life Planning as a part of National Women's Health Week. We are so pleased that we had 97 people on the call!

Regional coordinators, Rovonda Bradford, MA and Sarah Wright, MA, did a fantastic job outlining the purpose of reproductive life planning and how to use it in a clinical setting. We hope that all of the participants were able to improve their reproductive life planning counseling skills and service delivery.

The Webinar on Reproductive Life Planning is just one of many examples of the kind of training and outreach that our Campaign does. For more information...

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May 7, 2012

National Women's Health week is May 13-19. The March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign is celebrating the week by offering two free lunchtime webinars. We invite you to join us!

May 15, 2012 – 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Reproductive Life Planning: Simple strategies to help your patients plan ahead

Presented by Rovonda Bradford, MA and Sarah Wright, MA

Attendees will:

  • Understand the role of preconception health counseling in women’s health services
  • Increase knowledge about the key components of reproductive life planning
  • Understand how reproductive life planning relates to opportunistic preconception health counseling 
  • Increase awareness about the importance of counseling all female patients of childbearing age about reproductive life planning
  • Improve reproductive life planning counseling skills 
  • Learn strategies to improve...
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April 4, 2012

Eastern Regional Coordinator, Rovonda Bradford, MA, received the City of Goldsboro Annual Human Relations Award on February 18, 2012 for her service to the community. This award is only given to one individual per year and is jointly sponsored by the City of Goldsboro and Wayne County.

According to the Goldsboro News Argus, Rovonda was honored for volunteering with dozens of causes.  Specifically, she was recognized for leading health conferences, helping organize health fairs, facilitating Focus on Youth curriculum for teenagers, assisting at debutante balls, visiting the sick and shut-in, working at her church, and participating in food and clothing drives.

“Although I don't participate in community outreach and service to be recognized, it feels wonderful to be...

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January 24, 2012

Dr. Deborah Norton is a champion for women, babies and neural tube defect (NTD) prevention. While pursuing her MPH in 1995, she became fascinated with the Folic Acid Campaign (originally known as the North Carolina Folic Acid Council). Dr. Norton, Women's Health Clinic Program Manager for Wake County Human Services, continues to be involved with the campaign by educating all of her patients, every day, about the importance of folic acid. 

“Taking one multivitamin [with folic acid] daily is such an easy step for women to take, and has such enormous benefit! It prevents a life-time of suffering for the child and the family,” said Norton. 

Taking a multivitamin is important for all women of childbearing age because it reduces their risk of having a pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect (NTD). If all women were to take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, the amount found in most multivitamin supplements, then up to 70 percent of NTDs...

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November 1, 2011

Nothing could be finer than to be at East Carolina in August! As an East Carolina University alumna, I found it to be a great honor and privilege to take part in the Volunteer Service Learning Center’s Annual Service Fair which took part in conjunction with the “Get a Clue” event that is held at the beginning of each academic school year in the heart of campus. This event is designed to bring awareness to new and returning students concerning the agencies and organizations that are on campus and in the surrounding community. The March of Dimes NC Preconception Health Campaign was one of 50 vendors that took part in the service fair along with countless others who filled the University yard with tables, tents, giveaways and much more. 

I took this opportunity to distribute multivitamins and preconception health...

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September 7, 2011

The regional coordinators sure have been hard at work conducting large group trainings for the Young Moms Connect project! 

For those of you who are not yet familiar with the project, Young Moms Connect: Communities Supporting Young Families is a federal grant from the Office of Adolescent Health that is administered by the North Carolina Division of Public Health Women’s Health Branch. The March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign was contracted by the State to complete several facets of the Young Moms Connect project.

The purpose of this project is to offer support to women ages 13-24 years who are pregnant and/or parenting with self-sufficiency, health maintenance, and parenting skills. It also aims to bring together community partners to address the unique challenges faced by these young women using collaborative, multi-faceted strategies. Currently, Young Moms Connect is operating in five North Carolina counties: Bladen, Nash, Onslow...

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August 26, 2011

The March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign is delighted to have been awarded a grant from the CDC. This is the second year in a row that the CDC has awarded us a grant for the “Promotora de Salud” (Lay Health Educator) program. The program provides folic acid education and supplements to Hispanic women in an effort to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects among that highly susceptible population. This year the program is taking place in Mecklenburg County.

In April of this year, we hired two amazing “Promotoras” to carry out this work. Jocelyn Segura, a native of the Dominican Republic, serves as our full-time Promotora. She is the mother of four children and recently became a grandmother for the first time. Prior to working with the Campaign, she worked with an agency as a CNA and has volunteered with Mi Casa Su Casa, the Bethesda Health Clinic and her church. 

Rita Dominguez is our other Promotora. She is a...

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June 7, 2011

The Third National Summit on Preconception Health is the crème de la crème of professional conferences for us here at the North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign. This year, we are lucky enough to be able to take most of the Campaign staff with us to Tampa, FL. That’s right; six of the seven Campaign staff are taking a pilgrimage to sunny Florida to immerse ourselves in everything preconception health.

The conference runs from Monday, June 13 to Tuesday, June 14 (and some of us are lucky to be going a little early). This year, the conference is focusing on “Improving Preconception Health in a New Era of Health Care” and they have several tracks that apply to this topic. The tracks are “Public Policy and Finance,” “Public Health and Community-Based Programs,” “Clinical Practice,” “Consumer Education and Social Marketing,” Integrated and Innovative Service Strategies,” and “Data Research and...

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May 31, 2011

We’re so excited about this new website, Everywomannc.com. It’s been a crazy four months putting it together, but we did it! The Campaign would like to thank the three agencies who made it possible.

  • The NC Department of Public Health, Women’s Health Branch. They gave us invaluable guidance for the site. Their vision is that this site will function as the flagship preconception health website for the state. To this end, we’ve included lots of information on the State’s Preconception Health Initiatives.
  • The UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health. Every Woman NC was originally designed and maintained by the Center. Much of their original content is still prevalent on the new site; we’ve just spruced things up and added some new features.
  • March of Dimes. As the fiscal agent and administrator of the NC Preconception Health Campaign, March of Dimes provides significant...
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