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Illinois Chapter Board Meeting. December 4 , 2013. Welcome and Congratulations!. Congratulations Madiha Qureshi our new State Director of Program Services Welcome Lisa Adams our new State Director of March for Babies. March For Babies Director.

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Welcome and Congratulations!

Congratulations Madiha Qureshi our new State Director of Program Services

Welcome Lisa Adams our new State Director of March for Babies


March For Babies Director

  • Focused on management and execution of March for Babies program, responsible for more than 60% of the Chapter’s income
  • Roll out/manage core tactics, benchmarks and metrics to ensure double digit growth
  • Manage national teams including rolling timelines and priorities for Team Illinois

Relationships to Revenue Committees

  • Committee members are leads of fundraising events and select Board members
  • Identification, cultivation and succession planning of volunteer leadership
  • Develop a pipeline of high level volunteers that will help lead us to revenue and improve our events and board of directors

Chicago – November 21st

Central  – December 2nd

Heartland   - December 4th

Northern – November 15th


Program Services

Madiha Qureshi

State Director of

Program Services


Illinois’ Premature Birth Report Card

  • IL again received a “C”
  • .1% drop in premature birth rate
  • (2012: 12.1% -> 2013: 12.0%)
  • Improvements:
    • Fewer Uninsured Women
      • 19.2% -> 18.3%
  • Wrong Direction:
    • Increase in Women who Smoke: 18%->18.2%
  • The overall preterm birth rate in IL decreased 9% between 2006 and 2011

Illinois- Disparities in Premature Birth

  • Rates of Preterm Birth:
    • Hispanic: 12.0%
    • White: 10.8%
    • Black: 17%
    • Native American: 15.2%
    • Asian: 11.1%
  • One in 6 births to Black mothers was preterm
  • One in 8 births in IL was premature

What is Transdisciplinary Research?

The world has problems; universities have departments

Transdisciplinary research seeks to resolve real-world, socially relevant problems by breaking down traditional interactive barriers.

Scientific discovery and population implementation are intertwined in a repeating, mutually informative process.

Investigators from across basic sciences, clinical investigation, social sciences, quality improvement, and engineering work together rather than in parallel.


Why do we need a transdisciplinary approach?

  • Most of preterm birth occurs for reasons we do not understanding. Without research to discover causes, optimal prevention will not be possible.
  • Influences that increase the risk for preterm birth are numerous, so new models of research teams, such as the MOD Prematurity Research Centers, are essential to make progress by bringing experts from diverse areas together.
many factors lead to preterm birth
Many Factors Lead to Preterm Birth








Health Behaviors


Why do we need a transdisciplinary approach?

  • We are at an opportune time to make progress with new technologies for understanding the human genome, imaging, and information management for optimizing outcomes in pregnancy.
  • The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative is a new approach for research across disciplines and institutions. We will analyze factors ranging from human evolution to hormone signaling to social determinants of racial disparity in preterm birth.

Research Reception

November 5th, Prentice Women’s Hospital

  • Hosted by Dr. Bill Grobman- Chapter Board Member & Chair, State Program Services Committee
  • Featured 3 Northwestern recipients of MOD National Research Grants

14th Annual Latina Day

November 16th, UIC Forum

  • Goal: Increase awareness among women and youth about health and wellness, healthy relationships, emotional issues and teen pregnancy
  • Over 150 women and youth attended

Prentice NICU Reunion 2013

Thank you MOD staff for assisting with this important event! We hosted 365 guests and were supported by 40+ volunteers! Total Reunion Attendees Count: 405 people! Twice as large as the NICU 2012 Reunion!


Bright Spaces

  • In 2012, March of Dimes and Bright Horizons Foundation for Children came together to build welcoming, developmentally supportive, comforting spaces for siblings and families of newborns hospitalized in NICUs.
  • Prentice is one of three sites
  • nationwide that has been selected
  • for a Bright Spaces in 2013!

Ribbon Cutting: Tomorrow,

December 5, 2013

a look at fall veto session
A look at Fall Veto Session

Advocated in opposition to three bills regarding the licensure of non-medically trained midwives.

Would have allowed home births by lay midwives which are not required to undergo any medical training to be certified.

Successful in defeating this legislation; however, anticipate it will be a concern in the Spring Session.

  • Hot Topics:
    • Illinois became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage
    • The marriage equality bill, SB 10, waits for Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature
    • Other hot topics were not addressed (legislation to strengthen sentences for gun crimes; various tax incentive proposals for Illinois companies; and a fix to the state's pension crisis)
other aga updates
Other AGA Updates
  • General Assembly is not scheduled to be back in session until January
  • 2014 Session Calendar has been released:
    • State of the State Address: January 29th
    • Governor’s Budget Address: February 19th
    • Lobby Day: May 7th
  • Next SAGA meeting is scheduled for December 4th
  • Phil Milsk will be returning as the Legislative Consultant
  • 2014 AGA Plan has been submitted and is awaiting OGA approval

Lobby Day 2014


Wednesday, May 7th


Division Updates

  • Chicago – Andy Dahle
  • Northeast – Greg Carrell
  • Northern – TJ Leake
  • Heartland – Michelle King
  • Central – Shannon Mathis

Signature Chefs

Statewide Snapshot

Chapter Budget - $1,091,000


March for Babies

Sponsorship Update




Andy Dahle