The launch of the StartStong initiative is the pilot for what may become a national model to lower pre-mature birthrates.
StartStrong is a geographically focused initiative to redesign healthcare delivery and reduce preterm birth rates. The program launched Tuesday evening, March 11 at Avondale Southern Baptist Church and is open to the public.
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.