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Hospital receives grant to help reduce Yakama Reservation infant mortality rate

Hospital receives grant to help reduce Yakama Reservation infant mortality rate

YAKIMA, Wa. -- The Memorial Foundation and Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital is receiving a grant to help reduce the high rate of infant mortality on the Yakama Indian Reservation.

According to a press release, the $25,000 grant was provided by Amerigroup and will be combined with other grant funds to benefit more than 200 Native American women and their infants.

The press release says, while the overall infant mortality rate for Washington state is one of the lowest in the nation, that rate is more than triple for Native American women in Central Washington.

Memorial has helped initiate an eight-member collaborative partnership of health, education and tribal entities to address and reduce the infant mortality rate on the reservation.

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