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Community Invited to Discuss Ways to Prevent Infant Mortality

Tuesday September 20, 2011

The Healthy Start initiative of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a town hall meeting on infant mortality on Thursday September 29 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the NIA Center located at 2900 W. Broadway. The event is free and open to the public.

The town hall meeting will examine infant mortality rates, rates at which babies die before their first birthday, in west Louisville neighborhoods and what can be done to lower these rates. Speakers will include Dr. Olugbemisola Obi of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dr. Kenneth Ramos of the University of Louisville, Dr. Kristin Ashford of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Kara Dietrich-Brown of the March of Dimes and Erika Janes of Kosair Hospital Office of Child Advocacy. September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month.

Healthy Start works to lower infant mortality in targeted west Louisville neighborhoods where the infant mortality rate is more than twice as high as in the overall community. Healthy Start provides case management, education, and preventive health services to families enrolled in Healthy Start programs. Since it was established in Louisville in 1998, Healthy Start has helped more than 7,000 families.

No registration or pre-registration is required for the forum. For more information phone 485-6735.