Malama Family Recovery Center participated in Maui’s 2013 ‘March for Babies’ on Saturday, April 20 by managing the 2-mile walk’s first checkpoint/refreshment station to thank the March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter for their generous BabySAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment) grant awarded to Malama earlier this year.
The BabySAFE Program is aimed at underserved maternal and child health needs here in Maui County and will reduce infant mortality and morbidity among high-risk substance using women by intervening earlier in the pregnancy or before the pregnancy, increasing access to early prenatal care and preparing and referring women for substance abuse treatment. The grant is one of many that the March of Dimes has awarded in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects and infant mortality.
“We are so grateful for the support from March of Dimes for this important program,” said Megan Morrow, BabySAFE staff member. “We wanted to help out at the walk because it is participation in events like the March for Babies that make grants like the one we received possible. We wanted to tell the volunteer walkers, ‘Thank You,’ and let them know what a difference their involvement has on the local community.”
The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy. For more information about the March of Dimes, visit marchofdimes.com.