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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Grants Awarded to GVNA Healthcare

Grants Awarded to GVNA Healthcare$99,000
Baby's Breath (2014)$99,000
Year:2014Amount: $99,000
Title:Baby's Breath
Grant Type: Activation Fund
GVNA Healthcare will address the high rate of smoking among pregnant women in Gardner. That rate was more than three times the state rate -- 19.5 percent vs. 6.7 percent (data is for two years 2008 to 2010, the most recent data available). The infant mortality rate in Gardner for the same time period also significantly exceeded the state rate -- 12.2 per 1,000 live births in Gardner and 4.7 statewide. This project will focus on prevention through the development of a social norming campaign aimed at adolescents to keep them from smoking and on treatment through the use of cessation counseling for pregnant women who have continued to smoke.

Project Director: Ms. Elaine T. Fluet
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