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Health system wins grant to prevent smoking during pregnancy

December 11, 2017
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A nonprofit has awarded a grant to a local health system to provide smoking cessation education and services to pregnant women.

The $11,500 grant from the March of Dimes went to Spectrum Health’s Women and Infant Services Program to decrease smoking rates at Spectrum obstetrics and gynecology residency clinics.

The grant will provide funding to implement the Society for Public Health Education’s Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment Program, or SCRIPT, with the goal of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

“We found the current smoking rate during pregnancy among this specific population is 14 percent,” said Kara Hamilton-McGraw, maternal and child health director of March of Dimes for Michigan. “This is six-percent higher than the national average. We are grateful our successful fundraising efforts, such as March for Babies, make it possible for us to support meaningful programs at Spectrum Health that can help more babies be born healthy.”

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is a nonprofit that raises money to fund research toward preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health is a health system that’s comprised of 12 hospitals, 180 ambulatory and service sites, 3,400 physicians and advanced practice providers and the Priority Health insurance agency. 

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