Preconception Health in Minnesota Grants
The Preconception Health (PCH) Grant Projects began in 2012. The goal of the preconception health grant program is to improve preconception health and care for non-pregnant, reproductive age women and their partners in Minnesota. This is achieved through support of evidence-based preconception health practices and programs that prevent and/or reduce the risk for birth defects. A priority audience for this grant is women of reproductive age experiencing racial and ethnic disparities in health status. The most recent grants focus on reducing chronic disease known to increase the risk of birth defects.
In 2017, MDH awarded Preconception Health for Women grants to four organizations who were experienced providers of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) that serve women of child-bearing age in Minnesota. The recipients of the 2017-2020 preconception grants are:
- Indian Health Board of Minneapolis. Audience: primarily American Indian population in Minneapolis
- Pillsbury United Communities - Audience: primarily African-American population in North Minneapolis.
- Regents of the University of Minnesota (Extension) - Audience: diverse populations in southeast (Dodge Center/Rochester), west central (Detroit Lakes), and the metro (Hennepin/Ramsey) regions of the state.
- West Side Community Health Services, Inc. Audience: primarily Hispanic population in St. Paul
For information about other ways to prevent birth defects, visit the CDC Birth Defects Prevention Website.