Infant mortality rates for Hamilton County and Cincinnati decreased in 2013 but still remain higher than the national average.
Cradle Cincinnati released last year's numbers following a community summit Tuesday morning.
Hamilton County saw 95 babies die before their first birthday, for a rate of 8.9 deaths per 1,000 live births. Of those deaths, 53 were City of Cincinnati residents, giving the City a rate of 9.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Hamilton County is preparing to launch a county-wide Collaborative on Infant Mortality Rate Reduction.
Participants include: Hamilton County, City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County Public Health, Children's Hospital Medical Center, UC Health, The Christ Hospital, TriHealth, Inc., and Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio.
"It is a significant collaborative of the major healthcare systems in the region all coming together under one umbrella," says Commissioner Todd Portune.
Hamilton County's infant mortality rate well exceeds the national average.