CINCINNATI -- Hamilton County officials came together Tuesday to discuss the issue of infant mortality.
The meeting came as health officials released 2013 infant mortality rates for the county.
The issue is of particular concern for the county as the infant mortality rate has been well above the national average for years. And though 2013 numbers did show a decline regionally, the area still remains above the national average.
A regional initiative called “Cradle Cincinnati” is the latest push to curb the issue.
"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," Cradle Cincinnati stated in a release.
The new partnership released their report on the issue Tuesday and discuss strategies for improving maternal and infant health locally.
Local health leaders joined Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune and Cincinnati Councilman Wendell Young for the announcement at 11:30 a.m. at the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency.
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