infant mortality

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In its efforts to lower Hamilton County's high infant mortality rate, Cradle Cincinnati is adding up the cost of preterm births.

A study by UC's Economics Center finds preterm births cost more than $400 million each year.

County Commissioner and Cradle Cincinnati co-chair Todd Portune says "if you laid a dollar bill side-by-side, $402 million is represented by those dollars, collectively, covering the entire acreage of Lunken Airport."

The study breaks the dollars down three ways:

Jay Hanselman

Cradle Cincinnati is announcing a couple new partnerships in an effort to prevent sleep-related infant deaths.  It is called the “Cribs for Kids” program.  

One of those involves the United Way's 211 line.  It connects people with community resources.  

Hamilton County Commissioner and Cradle Cincinnati co-chairman Todd Portune said it will help get baby cribs to parents who need them.

USAID

Children's Hospital will use a five-year, $3.5 million grant in its bid to reduce Cincinnati's high infant mortality rate.

The money is part of a Health Start grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will be used to create a neighborhood-based team that will find women in need of medical services and then connect them to those services. Follow up care with home visits and social service agencies will also be included.

NOTE: This show originally aired May 6, 2014

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