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Ohio Collaborative to prevent infant mortality

New! 2014 Medicaid Report on Pregnant Women, Infants, and Children

New! Video and slides from the March 17, 2015 Quarterly Meeting

Video and Audio Recordings from the 2014 Infant Mortality Summit

New! Ohio Department of Health/Ohio Hospital Association Breastfeeding-Friendly Hospital Recognition Program

Welcome to the Web site of the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality. 
mother babyThe Collaborative formed in 2010 as the successor to the Ohio Infant Mortality Task Force.  The Task Force issued a report in late 2009 which provided a detailed update on infant mortality, outlined current prevention efforts, and provided ten recommendations together with rationale and strategies to address Ohio’s lack of progress in reducing infant mortality and birth-outcome disparities.  These recommendations provide the starting point for the collaborative, which is organized into workgroups addressing the following topics:

Coordinated Health Care
This emerged as a major theme of the task force report, which recognized that complete and coordinated health care throughout a woman’s and child’s life is essential to prevent infant mortality.

Disparities and Racism
The report identified disparities (differences) in infant mortality among different population groups and their underlying causes, including racism, as a major component of Ohio’s infant mortality challenge.

The report described the need for public education about infant mortality and the ways to decrease it and advocated investment in culturally competent social marketing strategies to produce better birth outcomes.

The Executive/Steering Committee guides and oversees the activities of the workgroups and represents the Collaborative to the public.  The co-chairs of this oversight committee are Lisa Holloway of the March of Dimes Ohio Chapter and Dr. Arthur James of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.


The workgroups and the executive/steering committee meet regularly by conference call and in person.  The entire collaborative meets quarterly in Columbus.  Membership consists of individuals representing a wide range of organizations including government, public health, education, medicine, business, insurance and advocacy groups.  Coordination is provided by the Ohio Department of Health.  The collaborative operates according to organizational guidelines.

If you would like to contact someone on the collaborative representing one of these organizations, click here.

Ohio, like other states and the nation as a whole, experiences significant disparities in birth outcomes between whites and African Americans, as shown by the chart below with data from Ohio Department of Health Office of Vital Statistics.  Addressing this challenge is a high priority for the collaborative.

What is Infant Mortality?   Click here for an overview.

Ohio Infant Mortality Rate 2012

Fact Sheets
For fact sheets with more information about the collaborative and infant mortality, including what you can do to have a positive impact on your community, click here.

Thank you for your interest in preventing infant mortality and disparities.  Please watch this site for future developments of the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality.  To communicate with the Collaborative, click here.  For details on the Ohio Infant Mortality Task Force, the full report and many links to information about infant mortality, click here.

Last Updated:  4/22/15