infant mortality

Nurse Elaine Patrick packs child-development and other educational materials into the back of her car. She visits new mothers and infants at home through the Help Me Grow Brighter Futures visiting nurse program.
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State health officials are promoting visiting nurse programs as part of a statewide strategy to reduce Ohio’s infant mortality rate.


It’s persistently higher than the national rate, despite recent progress in reducing the number of sleep-related infant deaths.

Visiting nurses are a powerful tool to help more high-risk infants make it to their first birthdays, many Montgomery County public health advocates say.

“Our goal is to make sure every pregnant woman gets connected to some kind of service, particularly any one that can provide a visiting nurse after the birth of the baby, so they have a baby that's healthy,” Wesley Community Center Director Yvette Kelly-F
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Montgomery County has some of the highest rates of infant mortality in the country. Data show the problem affects African Americans at all income and education levels much more often than whites.