National League of Cities Full Term First Birthday Akron infant mortality

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Akron is among eight American cities awarded a national grant this month to tackle economic disparities that experts say widened along racial lines during the pandemic.

The National League of Cities, a support network for municipal governments with key members serving on Akron City Council, is giving Mayor Dan Horrigan $100,000 in technical support through its Equitable Economic Mobility Initiative. The 15-month assistance program will help the city and its partners in the fight against infant mortality to develop and implement strategies that help pregnant women and mothers overcome barriers to work, including transportation and child care.

The overarching goal is part of the Full Term First Birthday Greater Akron initiative, a local collaborative of public and private organizations formed in 2017 to reduce the alarming rate at which babies die before their first birthday in Akron. Infant mortality rates, which are worse in parts of Akron than anywhere in Ohio, are even worse for Black families.



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