March of Dimes North Dakota Chapter earns Chapter of Year Award for Public Affairs

March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer Howse (left) presents North Dakota Chapter State Director, Karin Roseland (right) with the 2011 Chapter of the Year Award for Public Affairs.

The March of Dimes North Dakota Chapter was named Chapter of the Year in Public Affairs last month at the March of Dimes Summer Staff Conference in Florida.  The 2011 award in the small chapters category recognized North Dakota for its work on two legislative issues: protecting tobacco prevention funds and ensuring all babies born in North Dakota receive crucial newborn screening tests.

“March of Dimes volunteers continue to make a difference in the lives of infants and children across North Dakota,” said Janess Sveet, March of Dimes Public Affairs Chair and long time volunteer.  “We’re proud of and thankful for the volunteers and staff who supported these efforts.”

Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, 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 or Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.