Tennessee Taking Steps to Improve Health of Youth

Knoxville (WVLT) - An annual report shows the Volunteer State is taking steps to improve the welfare of its children, especially in the area of infant mortality.

The Kids Count Report on the health and well-being of children and teenagers ranked Tennessee 46th overall last year, and 47th in the category of infant mortality.

The report by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth being released Tuesday outlines strategies to improve those rankings.

Lawmakers have approved $390,000 for a pilot program in Shelby County to provide in-home visiting nurse services to low-income, first-time mothers during pregnancy and through the child's second birthday.

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