Grant aims to help reduce minority infant mortality rates in Lucas County

TOLEDO (WTVG) - Nearly $300,000 in grant money will focus on helping close the large gap between the infant mortality rates of white babies and African American babies in Lucas County.

Statistics show African American babies in Lucas County die at three times the rate of white babies. Low birth weight and preterm births are leading infant mortality indicators.

The grant came from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. It was awarded to the Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB, a program of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio that connects low-income people to medical and social services.

The money will be used for things like training and outreach programs to help reduce the infant mortality rate for minorities in Lucas County.

"We will use the money ... for things like making sure workers have tablets so they can take real-time data and connect the women to resources to help them sign up for service and make an appointment," Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio vice president Jan Ruma said.

if you or someone you know would like to learn more about the work of the Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB, we've posted a link.