WV partnership gets $1M grant to assist rural maternal care

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) – A partnership dedicated to improving health outcomes for pregnant women and their babies in West Virginia has been awarded a $1 million federal grant.

Sen. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding for the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will support the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program. It works to improve maternal care in rural communities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Virginia has the 16th highest infant mortality rate in the nation at 6.31 deaths per 1,000 live births.

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