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March of Dimes Grants $10K to Yakima Valley Health Groups

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The March of Dimes is granting $10,000 to a collaborative partnership between several Yakima Valley health organizations.

The Yakima Indian Health Center, Yakama Nation WIC, Yakama Reservation Wellness Coalition, Yakima Neighborhood Health, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Toppenish Community Hospital, Washington State University and University of Washington have formed "Ttáwaxt: Our Heritage, Our Future" to build a foundation for improving health outcomes for Native American infants in the Yakima Valley. 

Directors say they'll use the funding to build upon the cultural strengths within the community and expand the knowledge of those who serve Native American women and their children. They say they will focus on understanding several factors in maternal health, including current prenatal behaviors, access to prenatal services, and any other barriers that may hinder a healthy pregnancy. 

The collaborative partners say they plan to develop a needs assessment, survey focus groups, educate clinical providers, and develop future strategic plans. 

The partnership says these issues have become a priority because of the increasing Native American infant mortality rate in Yakima County, which is twice the rate in the State of Washington. 

Memorial Hospital will serve as the fiscal sponsor for this grant.