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Strong Start


UPDATE: The new due date for the non-binding Letter of Intent is now May 11, 2012.

On February 8, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the Strong Start initiative to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women.  This initiative brings together the activities of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Administration on Children and Families (ACF), Centers for Disease Control, National Institute of Health with the efforts of outside groups devoted to the health of mothers and newborns including the March of Dimes, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the National Partnership for Women and Families, the Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine, the American College of Nurse Midwives, Childbirth Connections, Leapfrog Group, the National Priorities Partners, convened by the National Quality Forum, and others.  

On March 13, WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) met with stakeholders to seek potential partners in applying for the funding opportunity Strong Start. There was a good turnout for the meeting, and those interested in working on the initiative brought good ideas to the table. All those interested were asked to send in their ideas via a survey instrument; the deadline for this is March 16 at noon.

Letter of Intent--NEW due date:  5-11-12
Applications due: 6-13-12
Anticipated award date: 9-10-12

Strong Start Slides 3/12/12

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