A maternal health program at a local hospital received $3 million dollars. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the money in partnership with the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies program and Health Resources and Services Administration to Saint Francis Healthcare System. Officials say, there’s a high infant mortality rate in Southeast Missouri. She said it’s because of multiple factors including poverty, poor sleep practices, maternal health, and poor mother’s health, and the grant will allow them to come together with multiple entities in Southeast Missouri, both healthcare and community entities, to come together and address the social, healthcare, and economic needs of the woman and children of Southeast Missouri. Officials also say, 14 organizations are partnering together, including Missouri Delta Medical Center, Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems, Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, three mental health agencies, six health departments, and Southeast HEALTH. Officials say, it’s a four-year grant. The first year is for planning and next three are for implementing.