WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced $1,162,326 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that will support the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Services programs. The funding will support programs with the goals of increasing healthy pregnancies, improving birth outcomes and reducing infant mortality.

“By encouraging healthier pregnancies and improved health care for kids, this funding will help reduce the infant mortality rate, promote better birth outcomes, and ensure the health and well-being of West Virginia’s mothers and children. It will also support outreach programs to reduce bullying and increase physical activity for kids, two very worthy goals. I am glad this important funding is heading to our state,” said Senator Capito.

"We know that lifelong health starts with a healthy pregnancy, so we must ensure that pregnant women and new mothers have the resources they need from the beginning,” Senator Manchin said. "This funding will increase prenatal visits for pregnant women and improve access to safe sleep training for new mothers. It’s important that we equip mothers with these resources so they can raise healthy children and live up to their God-given potential.”