Funding and Administration: Public-Private Partnership
The Program is jointly operated by the California Department of Health Services (DHS) and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, through a contract awarded by competitive bid. This public-private partnership unites the goals of the March of Dimes and the resources of the State to advance the Program's mission of finding the causes of birth defects.
In DHS, the Program is within the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Studies; funding is through the annual state budget. State appropriations for the Program have remained constant since 1991 at $3.7 million. The Program also receives funds from federal Title V and from research grants awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency.