MANCHESTER — The one2one USA Foundation, based in New York, announced Monday it has awarded the Manchester Community Health Center a $45,000 grant to help pregnant women and their newborn babies suffering from substance abuse disorder.

Proceeds from the grant are designated to create a new health and social services position within the Manchester Community Health Center (MCHC) to provide local women with medical and social welfare services.

The position is expected to serve about 100 local babies born each year with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) to mothers struggling with addiction, a rate that has increased fivefold in New Hampshire between 2005 and 2015, according to the University of New Hampshire and New Futures Kids Count.

After they were introduced to each other at the National League of Cities’ Mayor’s Institute on Opioids, the one2one USA Foundation worked with Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig to determine how best to deploy the grant to have the greatest impact.

“This grant exemplifies the generosity of our community and ensures we have the resources we need to solve complex problems,” said Craig. “This funding for the Manchester Community Health Center will help a vulnerable population within our city, and I want to thank one2one Foundation and its donors for helping us address an area of critical need in Manchester.”

The one2one USA Foundation allows donors to target donations to specific causes and individual needs.

“The generosity of one2one USA and its donors will go a long way in our effort to help newborns and their mothers overcome the challenges of opioid addiction,” says Kris McCracken, president of MCHC.

“Through their good work we now have the ability to make an immediate impact in our community, improving the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Research shows the success rate of weaning babies off opioids is high when they quickly receive the medical and social services they need. This grant aims to enable hospitals and organizations to do just that.”

New Hampshire suffers from the second-highest rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the country. In 2016 (the latest year for which numbers are available), there were 437 opioid-related overdose deaths in New Hampshire — almost three times higher than the national rate.

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