Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) recently appointed State Representative Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) to serve on the Commission on Infant Mortality.
“This opportunity is focused on serving some of the most vulnerable in our state," said Kunze. "I look forward to playing a part in this effort to work toward a solution to this heartbreaking problem. Our children and families deserve better."
As a result of the passage of Senate Bill 276 during the 130th General Assembly, the 15-member commission is tasked with preparing a written report, which will include findings and recommendations made by the committee no later than September 19th, 2015. The Commission will study state services that work to address infant mortality as well as track and analyze the infant mortality rate by county in order to recommend initiatives.
Ohio ranks high compared to other states concerning infant mortality rates. According to the Ohio Department of Health, in 2011, 1,088 infants in Ohio died before their first birthday.
Rep. Kunze is serving her second term in the House. She represents the 24th District, which includes portions of western and southwestern Franklin County