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About Arizona March of Dimes
March of Dimes History
What began in 1938 with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personal struggle with polio led to the creation of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, better known as March of Dimes.
We pioneered the vaccine research leading to the eradication of polio in the U.S., then shifted focus to address the biggest health threats to moms and babies with innovations like folic acid, newborn screening and surfactant therapy.
For the past thirty years, well into the 21st century, the rate of preterm birth in the U.S. has risen steadily. In 2003, the March of Dimes launched its Prematurity Campaign to confront this alarming trend, the nation’s most serious perinatal health problem. Initial Prematurity Campaign goals were to increase public awareness of the problem and to decrease the preterm birth rate by at least 15 percent by 2010.
Today, we serve as a convener to unite the nation and improve maternal and infant health in the U.S.