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Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative receives March of Dimes Community Award

Chicago, IL (November 19, 2014) – Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) received a 2014 Community Award from the March of Dimes Illinois Chapter to implement preconception and interconception health education for HIV-positive women.

PACPI will use March of Dimes funding to create a training curriculum for PACPI’s HIV-specific prenatal classes that will be culturally appropriate and applicable to group settings. The key messages will focus on health between pregnancies and how to plan and prepare for a pregnancy when one or both partners are HIV-positive.

“We are excited to work with March of Dimes to bring more resources to help women plan for a healthy future,” said Anne Statton, PACPI Executive Director. “This partnership will bring these messages to a population often facing poverty, homelessness, violence, and other challenges that direct their attention away from their reproductive health.”

The curriculum will also be used by PACPI’s five perinatal enhanced case managers to reinforce the education and services they provide to women and their families in the Chicagoland area.

PACPI serves vulnerable women across the Chicagoland area who are living with HIV and either pregnant or recently delivered. Preconception and interconception health education gives women the ability to plan and make choices about their future pregnancy desires and those of their partners so they can grow their families in a healthy way.

About Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative
PACPI works to eliminate pediatric AIDS and reduce transmission of the virus from mothers to their children in Illinois. PACPI collaborates with community-based organizations and public and private institutions to create a Safety Net of Prevention so that no HIV-positive pregnant woman or HIV-exposed infant falls through the cracks for care and treatment. Learn more at pregnantandpositive.org.

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org.

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