Health department receives $200K grant for program to decrease infant mortality
The Heinz Endowments has given the Allegheny County Health Department a $200,000 grant to support its “Health Equity in Action” program.
“The program provides funding to engage communities in problem-solving and support efforts to raise awareness of societal factors that contribute to infant mortality such as race, place and power through film screenings and community workshops,” a press release said.
The infant mortality rate for non-Hispanic black infants in Allegheny County is almost three times that of non-Hispanic white infants, according to the most recent health department data.
The program’s goal is to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health.
The grant period ends Dec. 31, 2019, a health department spokesman said.
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