For years, Calhoun County's infant mortality rate has vexed professionals, struggling against a host of challenges that account for an excessively high death rate among those younger than one year of age.

At one point, Bronson Battle Creek's Mark Crawford tells WBCK, the death rate among infants in Calhoun County was twice that of the state average.

But that has changed, largely due to a collaborative effort among stakeholders who, Grace Health's Jill Wise says, have been able to recognize the main factors and come up with a plan to educate young expectant mothers. They did it through something called the Regional Health Alliance and groups called FIMR teams (Fetal Infant Mortality Review).

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