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Effort aims to decrease death rate of infant

Wednesday, June 29, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Samantha Porter
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"A local coalition of health agencies is getting $3.23 million in new resources to keep young women healthy in the hopes of bringing down Lucas County’s dismal infant-mortality numbers.

Lucas County’s infant-mortality rate is consistently one of the highest in the state, said Sister Dorothy Thum, Mercy Health’s senior vice president for mission and values integration, at a news conference on Tuesday. Infant-mortality rate 'means any baby that was born alive and did not reach their first birthday,' Sister Dorothy said.

The rate in Lucas County was 9.3 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014, according to the Ohio Department of Health, significantly higher than the statewide rate of 6.8, which exceeds the national average. The black infant mortality rate is especially high in Lucas County, at 13.5 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012..."

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