WOSU 89.7 NPR News reporter Mandie Trimble recently tackled the shocking story of Ohio and Franklin County’s high infant mortality rate. Rates are highest among the most vulnerable neighborhoods in central Ohio and the racial disparity is growing. Black babies in the country are 2.5 times more likely to die than white babies. This is clearly an issue city leaders, including Council President Andrew Ginther, are focused on. A Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force has been meeting to review causes and take a comprehensive approach to the issue. The Task Force will have recommendations at their June 25th session.
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