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Hopkins’ prenatal program gets grant

The Johns Hopkins University has received a grant of $590,000 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve the outcomes of women who give birth to premature babies.

The award is among $41.4 million being provided to 27 grant recipients nationwide by the Woodlawn-based CMS as part of its Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative.

Locally, Hopkins will use the grant to enhance traditional prenatal care by incorporating psychosocial support, education and health promotion, expanding access to care and improving care coordination.

More than half a million babies are born prematurely in the U.S. each year, according to CMS.