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The Healthy Start Initiative of Louisville’s health department will hold a town hall meeting tomorrow on infant mortality.

Health department spokesman Dave Langdon says much of the discussion will focus on infant mortality rates in west Louisville neighborhoods.

“Those are the neighborhoods that healthy start serves. We see infant mortality rates that are anywhere from double to two-and-a-half times higher than the infant mortality rates in the rest of the community. The infant mortality rate is the rate at which babies die before their first birthday,” he said.

Participants in the town hall will include experts from the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, the March of Dimes and Kosair Children’s Hospital.

It begins at 6:00pm tomorrow at the NIA Center on West Broadway.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."