State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Sabina) today announced that state leaders have joined health advocates to begin a new phase in Ohio's fight to reduce its high infant mortality rate. The Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality met today to hear testimony and establish a timeline for developing recommendations to improve the state's efforts to prevent infant deaths. 

"This is an important new step in the statewide effort to prevent the premature deaths of Ohio infants," said Peterson. "The Commission will play an important role in assisting the legislature to develop new policies and reduce our state's abysmal infant mortality rate."

Senator Peterson co-sponsored Senate Bill 277 last year, which established the Commission and directs the group to prepare a written report of its findings and recommendations for the Governor and General Assembly. 

The Commission includes representatives from state agencies, Ohio hospitals, community-based programs. Legislative members include Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) and Representative Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard). 

Director McCarthy from the Ohio Department of Medicaid and Director Dawson from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health each delivered presentations at today's meeting summarizing their agency's previous efforts, funding needs and future goals related to infant mortality.

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