(NASHVILLE, TN), March 29, 2011 — The March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter, Tennessee Perinatal Association, and the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care recently honored Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) by naming him “Outstanding Citizen” for 2011. Overbey was honored along with Representative Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville) and Tenneessee’s Director of Maternal and Child Health, Dr. Michael Warren, at their “Healthy Babies Legislative reception” held in Nashville. The honor recognizes individuals for their outstanding achievements and career contributions toward improving the health of mothers, infants and children through maternal and child health advocacy in the state of Tennessee.
Senator Overbey has long been an advocate for health care for those who need it, particularly the vulnerable populations of children and mothers. He has worked closely with TN’s hospitals, including sponsoring the hospital assessment bill that will ensure that TennCare can continue providing care for Tennessee’s neediest citizens. Senator Overbey worked with the TN Disability Coalition, the March of Dimes and others to pass mandated newborn hearing screening, and now he is leading the charge in the Senate to require commercial insurers to cover hearing aids for children. In addition, Senator Overbey has sponsored legislation that would require screening for newborn congenital heart defects.
“It is an honor to be recognized by these organizations which have such a long and distinguished record for improving the lives of children in our state,” said Senator Overbey. “It has been an honor to partner with March of Dimes in working toward the goal of improving the health of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.”
According to Kitty Cashion, March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter Public Affairs Committee Chair, each week in the state of Tennessee, 236 babies are born prematurely. In 2011, the Tennessee Chapter of the March of Dimes invested more than $1.3 million in Tennessee for program services, including national research grants, community grants, and local public and professional education. Through these grants, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com/tennessee, nacersano.org., or givingmatters.com