Decker School of Nursing receives grant to improve smoking cessation during pregnancy


       The Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University has been awarded a $16,900 Taylor Bequest grant from the Central New York Division of the March of Dimes, to support health care system changes that promote perinatal smoking cessation in Steuben County. 

       The program will explore the experiences of pregnant smokers in rural populations of the Southern Tier. The feedback obtained from health care providers will be used to assist the study in hopes of decreasing smoking rates during pregnancy and after delivery.  Studies have shown that smoking during pregnancy leads to increased premature births, low birth weight and other adverse outcomes.

       This grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards each year in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 

       “We will use the March of Dimes grant as seed money to meet our objective of providing mothers and babies with effective smoking cessation services that are fully integrated into routine prenatal care,” said Gerri Britton, assistant professor of nursing and director of the program.  Britton will work with Binghamton University colleagues, including Gary James, as well as Jodie Brinthaupt of IVY GYN and various health care professionals from Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Guthrie in Corning, St. James Mercy Hospital and other local health care institutions.

       The Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University produces the second largest number of baccalaureate prepared nurses in the state of New York each year.  In addition to preparing students for acute, primary and community health care, the Decker School is nationally known for its commitment to and expertise in rural nursing.
The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies.  For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at, or call (315) 463-0700.

Last Updated: 9/17/13