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Partners for Prevention of Birth Defects & Developmental Disabilities

The goals of this project are to:

(1) Support a Statewide Partners for Prevention Stakeholders Task Force of state, county, and local government agencies, service providers, non-profit organizations, and parent leaders working together to develop and disseminate information, resources and tools to reduce birth defects and developmental disabilities for diverse women of child-bearing age, health and other providers, and the general public

(2) Train 50 primary care providers in effective strategies to communicate health promotion and prevention messages to diverse women of child-bearing age throughout NJ

(3) Provide intensive support to 50 women of childbearing age seeking to improve their health and reduce the risk of having a baby with a birth defect or developmental disabilities

Partners for Prevention of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities develops, disseminates, and provides training and support for providers and women of childbearing age aimed at improving overall health of NJ women of chldbearing age, especially underserved women, and thus reducing birth defects and developmental disabilities

This project is funded by the NJ Department of Health Division of Family Heath Services & the NJ Department of Human Services Office on Prevention of Developmental Disabilities

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For more information, contact:

Jeanne McMahon, Project Director, jmcmahon@spannj.org
Nicole Pratt, Project Coordinator
npratt@spannj.org
973-642-8100
What families/professions are saying about this project: 

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"SPAN's Statewide Partners for Prevention Stakeholder Summit was outstanding!  The medical information on toxins and genetics was wonderful.  Everything I heard today was beneficial!" - Summit Participant

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Key Resources of Interest: 

Women's Health Tips - This brochure contains health tips for women of child-bearing age on nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, prescription drugs, substance abuse, environmental and other toxins.

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - This website contains information on data, research, and resources aimed at preventing or reducing birth defects and developmental disabiltiies.

NJ Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities of the NJ Department of Human Services - This website contains information on the causes of developmental disabilities and strategies to prevent developmental disabilities

NJ Department of Health Division of Family Health Services Healthy Pregnancy Resources - This website contains information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent birth defects.

Staff: 

Jeanne McMahon, Project Director

Nicole Pratt, Project Coordinator

Jessica Constant, Administrative Assistant