Organization awarded federal funding to provide for pregnant women and young children

The Ohio Department of Health has awarded a federal grant to pregnant woman and children at risk. (WSYX/WTTE)

The Ohio Department of Health has awarded a federal grant to help pregnant women and children at risk.

The Center for Family Safety and Healing was awarded $591, 400 in federal funding to provide evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children in Franklin County", according to a press release from the Ohio Department of Health.

The Ohio Department of Health received a $7.5 million federal grant from the maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Officials say the grant will target communities that have a high rate of infant mortality, poor birth and child developmental outcomes, as well a high rate of teen pregnancies, and families living in poverty.

“Research shows that evidence-based home visiting improves birth outcomes and can help reduce infant mortality,” said ODH Director Lance Himes. “These home visits also help improve maternal and child health, prevent child abuse and neglect, and connect families with needed supports and resources in their communities.”

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