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Officials Driven To Do More To Reduce Infant Mortality

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Central Ohio officials say they've made progress in the effort to reduce the region's infant mortality rate but stress it will take time and continued collective focus to see greater results. 

CelebrateOne released its first-year highlights yesterday. They include establishing a resident to resident engagement program to connect women and families with critical resources and increasing by almost 20 percent the number of Franklin County women of childbearing age enrolled in Medicaid. In the city's eight priority neighborhoods based on where infant mortality is highest, enrollment in Medicaid increased almost 40 percent among pregnant women. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.

Officials want to reduce the rate of infant mortality in Columbus and Franklin County by 40 percent and cut the racial disparity gap in half by the year 2020. 

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring AAA, Columbus-area and Ohio-based musicians, along with additional artists that inspire him.
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