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   November 28, 2012 ● 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Greater Columbus Convention Center ● Terrace Ballrooms 4 & 5
350 N. High Street ● Columbus, Ohio 43215



Three babies die every day in Ohio.  Infant mortality is everybody’s challenge, not just a problem for public health or medicine.  Only by cooperating at the community level can we successfully meet the challenge. Come to this free, one-day summit and find out how you can be part of the solution.


This summit will provide you with the knowledge and skills that you can use, by working together with your current resources, to save the lives of more babies here in Ohio.


7:30 Sign-in, view displays, posters and exhibits
9:00 Opening Remarks: Dr. Ted Wymyslo, Director, Ohio Department of Health
9:30 Overview of Ohio’s Infant Mortality Problem: Dr. Arthur R. James , The Ohio State University
10:00 The Life-Course Perspective and Social Determinants of Health: Dr. Michael C. Lu, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
10:45 Improving Maternal & Birth Outcomes in Ohio Cannot Wait: Mario Drummonds, Northern Manhattan Perinatal Project
12:45 to 2:00 Breakout Sessions or Roundtables
2:15 to 3:30 Breakout Sessions or Roundtables
3:45 to 4:45 If Not Now, When? Heeding the Call to Action: Magda Peck, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee


Breakout Sessions Advance registration required
Breastfeeding: Programs to Promote and Support; Care Coordination: Federal Healthy Start Programs, Help Me Grow and the Ohio Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative; Care Coordination:  Non-Profits, Ohio Medicaid, Managed Care, and CHAP; Engaging Non-Traditional Community Partners; Environmental and Occupational Exposures: Impact on Preterm Birth, Birth Defects and Infant Mortality; Every 4.5 Minutes a Baby is Born with a Birth Defect:  Prevention Strategies for Better Birth Outcomes; Impact of Race on Health Outcomes/Infant Mortality; Impact of Tobacco Use on Infant Health; New Diversity for the 21st Century - One Person Can Make a Difference; Preconception Planning; Pregnancy and Addiction; Quality Improvement to Reduce Prematurity in Ohio; Safe Sleep


If you would like to present a roundtable discussion, please let us know:  Roundtable sessions at the Infant Mortality Summit provide a venue to discuss ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices and effective outreach strategies to address infant mortality to Maternal and Child Health and other public health practitioners, health care providers, state and local officials, advocates, community leaders and concerned citizens. Registration for roundtables is not required.


Due to a great response, registration is now closed.

Presentations from the Infant Mortality Summit will be posted after the event at this site: