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Sherrod Brown expects infant mortality law by year's end



Published: Wed, September 3, 2014 @ 10:55 p.m.

BOARDMAN

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is optimistic legislation to standardize information- gathering on sudden unexpected infant deaths will become law by year’s end.

Speaking at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley today, Brown, D-Ohio, said he is not aware of any opposition to the bipartisan Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act that he introduced with U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican.

In addition, Brown said more than 20 local, state, and national organizations support the bill.

He said it’s “unacceptable” that Ohio’s black infant-mortality rate is the worst in the nation and that the state ranks 47th or 48th for all deaths of infants in their first year of life.

Brown said standardizing data gathering nationwide would enable doctors and researchers to better understand the causes of stillbirths and sudden unexpected infant deaths and thus improve prevention efforts.

“No parent should have to grieve the loss of a child without access to answers and help,” Brown said.

Area health officials, seeking solutions to the dismal infant-mortality rate in the Mahoning Valley, say national standards for data gathering would be an important step toward finding causes and solutions here and in the nation.

Read the complete story in Thursday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


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