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COLUMBUS - A new effort is underway to help more babies live to see their first birthday.

The state of Ohio is ranked fourth in highest infant mortality rate nationwide and infant mortality is higher in Hamilton County than it is in other major urban counties in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Health

ODH and a national advocacy group, CityMatch, are partnering with nine Ohio communities to improve birth outcomes.

The partnership will also work to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality. Ohio’s African American infant mortality rate is ranked as one of the worst nationally, according to ODH, coming in at the No. 2 spot.

Over the next three years, these nine partnering communities will receive training to support them as they implement new projects aimed at helping babies live longer.

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