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Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation announces a $1.2 million grant to help lower infant mortality rates in Cleveland
The grant will support a program that helps first time, low-income mothers provide care during and after pregnancy

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Balk says the Nurse-Family Program has a proven record that helps both a mother and child lead successful lives.
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The Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation announced today a $1.2 million grant to help lower infant mortality rates among low-income mothers in Cleveland.

The money will support the Nurse-Family Partnership, which brings a nurse to a first-time mother both during and after a pregnancy to monitor health issues, improve parenting skills and share child development information.

Mt. Sinai President Mitchell Balk says the program is more than an infant mortality initiative because it provides lifelong benefits.

LISTEN: Balk on how the program helps beyond infancy

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“Kids who go through Nurse-Family Partnership are 60 percent less likely to ever be involved in the juvenile justice or criminal justice system compared with babies who do not participate in the program,” said Balk.

According to, the grant was awarded to MetroHealth Medical Center and will pay for four nurses to visit roughly 100 women in Cleveland each year.

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