Health Hero Giving Day


Be a health hero! People impacted by life-altering health diagnoses need your help. By making a gift on Health Hero Giving Day, hosted by United Way of the Midlands and the Combined Health Agencies Drive on Feb. 24th, you can provide them with the hope and support they need to navigate difficult health challenges. Scroll down to learn more about the 21 participating CHAD health agencies and make your gift today!

United Way of the Midlands has been a proud partner of Combined Health Agencies Drive since 1987.


March of Dimes Nebraska & Western Iowa

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Agency Name: March of Dimes Nebraska & Western Iowa

Formed in: 1938

Why your gift is needed:

March of Dimes fights for the health of all moms and babies. We're advocating for policies to protect them. We're working to radically improve the health care they receive. We're pioneering research to find solutions. We're empowering families with programs, knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies. By uniting communities, we're building a brighter future for us all.

  • Every three hours, a baby in Nebraska is born prematurely. Babies who are born too small, too soon, may die or suffer life-long health consequences.
  • Each year, there are more than 410,000 premature births nationwide; there are more than 2,600 premature births in Nebraska.
  • The cost associated with premature birth in the United States is approximately $26.2 billion each year.
  • Women of color are twice as likely to have birth complications or die during birth due to our country's worsening health equity gap.
  • For the 5th year in a row, the prematurity rate has risen, and the US continues to be one of the most dangerous countries to have a baby.

What your gift will do:

  • More than 1,000 people were exposed to March of Dimes programs while in the NICU.
  • More than 100 women will participate in the Supportive Pregnancy Care program in Hastings, NE.
  • More than 100 nurses and other healthcare workers received educational materials at the Prematurity Summit and professional education seminars given by March of Dimes.
  • 47 military moms and moms to be received important prenatal education and resources as well as baby shower gifts during the 2020 Mission Health Baby: Baby Shower.
  • Thousands will use March of Dimes online support programs and utilize free information and resources on our website.
  • $50 celebrates and educates moms-to-be in communities of need and provides them baby items like swaddles, breast pumps, baby thermometers and other essential items.
  • $50 supports programs that include resources to help moms and moms-to-be quit smoking.
  • $75 provides a newborn screening for a baby in a hospital through our advocacy work.
  • $75 funds one hour of innovative prematurity research.
  • $100 provides essential baby items such as a stroller or pack-n-play for women who complete a prenatal education program.

Agency Summary:

  • Outreach programs and prenatal education materials and information are available to the community.
  • NICU Family Support Specialist program provides emotional and educational support to families whose babies are in the NICU and to moms on bed rest at Nebraska Medicine and CHI Health CUMC Bergan Mercy Hospitals.
  • Educational materials and referrals provide a wide range of resources for patients and their families.
  • Professional education opportunities are offered for medical professionals who specialize in obstetrics and premature birth.
  • Patient advocacy and innovative medical research are an essential part of promoting the health of women, children and families.
  • Parent dinners and discussion groups are held at Nebraska Medicine and CHI Health CUMC Bergan Mercy hospitals.
  • An annual Prematurity Summit focuses on continuing education for maternal child health nurses, as well as Professional Education for all nurses and other healthcare workers.
  • Group prenatal care for moms to be is offered in central Nebraska.
  • Annual educational baby showers provide for military moms of Offutt AFB.

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