GOL Receives Share of $100 Million Awarded by HRSA
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2019
MONTGOMERY, AL -The Gift of Life Foundation (GOL) has received a share of $100 million in grant funding recently awarded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support organizations that work to improve pregnancy outcomes and reduce infant mortality in communities nationwide.
The Gift of Life will receive $4,760,420 million in grant funding through HRSA’s Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health over the next five years. The funding will support Gift of Life’s home visiting and family coaching programs and a wide range of services GOL offers for women, children, and families, including linkage to social services; developmental screening, breastfeeding support; interconception education; father involvement activities and community outreach.
Gift of Life and the other organizations who received funding were selected based on having a strong record of producing positive outcomes in communities with infant mortality rates at least 1.5 times the U.S. national average. Grantees received up to $1.1 million each year over five years.
“We are thrilled to be awarded the grant for a second time,” said GOL Executive Director Dr. Regina Traylor. “It’s a huge validation of the work Gift of Life has been doing in communities, but it also indicates the work that still needs to be accomplished to improve our infant mortality rate and provide the needed supports that strengthen children and families and improve the health of our community,” she said.
“I’m so proud of our dedicated staff and the commitment of our board and community partners who are integral to the work that we do,” said Traylor.
Administered by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Healthy Start aims to improve health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy; and, to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in rates of infant death as well as negative health outcomes in the first 18 months of life.
For a list of Healthy Start award recipients, visit: https://mchb.hrsa.gov/maternal-child-health-initiatives/healthy-start/awards.