Iowa group gets grant to reduce infant mortality

A Des Moines-based health care organization is receiving money from the federal government to fund a program aimed at reducing infant mortality.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says in a statement Tuesday the agency is providing $65 million to 87 organizations in 33 states.

In Des Moines, Visiting Nurse Services will receive more than $852,000.

The money supports Healthy Start, a program launched by HHS in 1991. It provides resources for vulnerable mothers and infants in areas of the country with disproportionately high rates of infant mortality.

Burwell says 56,000 women nationally will benefit from the money.