BALTIMORE (AP) — A program that aims to reduce Baltimore’s infant mortality rate has received a $1 million grant that will extend it through 2013.
The grant was awarded to the B’more for Healthy Babies campaign by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. It builds on a $3 million grant that CareFirst gave the program when it launched in 2009.READ MORE: Harford County Humane Society At Capacity, Adoption Fees Reduced To $12
The program seeks to prevent infant deaths through policy changes, education and community outreach and mobilization.READ MORE: Cyberattack Hits Maryland Department of Health; Government Agencies Increasingly Targets of Hackers
The new funding will be used primarily in the communities of Upton Druid Heights and Patterson Park North & East, which have had high rates of infant mortality. It will also be used to support expanded service provider outreach, as well as a citywide communication campaign.MORE NEWS: Baltimore's Christmas Village Among '10 Best Christmas Markets' In The U.S.
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