"CLEVELAND, Ohio — A statewide effort to increase access to more effective, long-acting birth control options such as intrauterine devices, or IUDs, and implants is starting to bear fruit in the Cleveland area, a coalition of public and private health leaders reported Tuesday.
"It's a change the partnership, Better Birth Control NEO (Northeast Ohio), hopes will help drive down infant mortality.
"Use of LARCs (long-acting reversible contraceptives) has more than doubled at seven-area family planning, primary care and neighborhood health centers that received intensive training and education about the more effective methods in the past year.
"Ohio has the fifth highest infant mortality rate in the nation, at 7.33 deaths per 1,000 live births, 21 percent above the national average..."
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