NASHVILLE, Tenn. — September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Each year, more than 700 babies die in Tennessee, ranking the state the third highest nationally in its infant mortality rate. That means a baby born in Tennessee has the same survival rate as a baby born in a Third-World country. To help find solutions to this dire problem, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation is sponsoring the Infant Mortality Best Practices Forum on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adventure Science Center.

The focus of the forum is to raise awareness of the infant mortality epidemic in Tennessee, to change behavior, and create supportive environments by partnering to engage parents and the community.

Who: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation

Kathryn Santoro, Director of Maternal and Child Health Policy at the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation

Representatives from more than 25 organizations combating infant mortality in Tennessee

What: The Infant Mortality Best Practices Forum

Where/ When: Adventure Science Center

800 Ft. Negley Blvd.

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Why: To help raise awareness and change behavior regarding infant mortality.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.