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Grant Hopes to Reduce Native American Infant Mortality Rate in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Several health organizations in the Yakima Valley are joining forces to battle infant mortality among the Native American population.
 
Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the March of Dimes Foundation, more research and education will be available for organizations who serve Native American women and children.
 
Health experts said Native American infant mortality rates in Yakima County are more than double the rates of other populations.
 
"With health change it takes time, and so I can't say or predict when that moments going to be," said Jessica Sutterlict, a Community Health Coordinator with Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. "But if the partners stay on board and people work hard then yes, the infant mortality rates hopefully will be going down sooner than later."
 
Health experts said this research is vital to our area, since Yakima County has one of the largest Native American populations in the state.
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