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Tufts Medical Center awards grants to six community organizations to improve mother and infant health

10/10/2012

BOSTON - Tufts Medical Center has made grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 to six community based organizations through its Parent-to-Parent Program (P2P). This initiative, launched in 1991, is aimed at improving infant health in partnership with organizations who work in Boston neighborhoods with the highest rates of infant illness and mortality.

These organizations have been awarded grants to promote maternal and infant health and reduce the incidence of premature births, low birth weights and infant mortality.  Five grantees, Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, La Alianza Hispana, Neponset Health Center and the Sharewood Project, will provide case management and coordination of services to ensure that expectant mothers receive regular prenatal care and support services.  The sixth grantee, Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service, will focus its efforts on pregnancy prevention.

Women and children in the communities where these organizations work often lack access to prenatal care, preventative health care, proper nutrition, community supports, and social services, factors that influence health outcomes for infants and young children.

Many barriers exist that can prevent women and mothers from getting the care they need including lack of childcare, language or cultural differences, and financial issues.  P2P strives to remove barriers to health care by improving access to resources women need to care for themselves and their families.

Grantees were selected through an open and competitive application process and funding is provided for up to a three year grant cycle.

For additional information about the Parent-to-Parent Program, please visit Tufts Medical Center’s website at: www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/commhealth.

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Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

Media Contact:
Jeremy Lechan
617-636-0104
jlechan@tuftsmedicalcenter.org