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Conference aims to help improve health of Valley residents

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WARREN, Ohio -

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, the William Swanston Charitable Fund, the Western Reserve Health Foundation and the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation, hosted "Innovations 2.0: Building Healthier Communities"  on Monday.  

The goal of the conference was to develop solutions to help improve the health of people living in the Mahoning Valley.

Just last week, the Ohio Department of Health released statistics on the state's infant mortality rates.  Mahoning County ranked among the worst in the state.

 Mahoning County also ranks near the bottom when when it comes to quality of life, air pollution, housing problems as well as smoking, drinking and obesity issues.

"We are all better together.  A lot of health is related to the economic vitality of our community.  So, the fact that if people have jobs if people have housing, if people have transportation, all of that leads to improvement in health and if our neighbors don't have those things we are going to suffer together," said Dr. Heidi Gullet with the Health Improvement Partnership Cuyahoga.

One of the goals of the event was to start conversations that will eventually leave to community-based initiatives that can help improve the overall health of people in the Valley.

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