Federal funds help local babies and their families

New guidelines recommend sleep sacks for babies. (WDTN Photo)
New guidelines recommend sleep sacks for babies. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Five Rivers Health Centers is a newer medical system in the Dayton area. It is developed for families that ordinarily would not have a chance to get good medical and dental care.

Now, armed with more than a half million dollars from the federal government, the centers can give stronger attention to local babies and their long term survival.

Gina McFarlane-El is the executive director at FRHC. She says patients are served regardless of their ability to pay.

So the federal grant is designed to reduce the numbers of infant mortality in the area. Ohio is 49th for infant death rate and Montgomery County finds itself is in a low position as well.

The money will create home visits, mental health screenings and care, childbirth classes, nutrition education and access to a social worker.

These programs will be offered to mothers in eight select zip codes in the Dayton area.

To find out if you qualify, call Five Rivers Health Centers at 937-208-2007.

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