Proposed Legislation Aims to Lower Infant Mortality Rates
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Monroe County democratic legislators are proposing a bill to help cut down on the infant mortality rate.
Monroe County has the highest infant mortality rate in the state at 14 deaths for every thousand healthy births.
The bill proposes an ad campaign for television and radio to raise awareness for the issue. That would be followed by hearings held by the county's Human Services Committee on how best to train parents about safe sleep practices.
"This is something that can really be learned through word of mouth on a volunteer basis that doesn't have to cost a great deal of money other than the initial set up for the program," said Cynthia Kaleh, (D) Monroe County Legislator. "But I think a lot of it has to do with outreach at the street level and spreading the word as far as you can."
In all, the Perinatal Network of Monroe County say 54 babies under the age of one died in 2011.