New! Cincinnati/Hamilton County report on the state maternal and infant health.
New! Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force Website has helpful information including videos.
New! Presentation slide shows from the March of Dimes 2013 Fall Regional Conference series.
New! Ohio's Commitment to Prevent Infant Mortality, which provides an overview of new and/or enhanced initiatives to combat infant mortality in Ohio.
Welcome to the Web site of the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality.
The 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 five 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 task force reported that evidence-based practice and data must be used to drive decisions and actions that will effectively address infant mortality and disparities.
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.
Local, regional, and statewide policies are major determinants of how Ohio brings its resources to bear in addressing infant mortality and disparities.
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.
MORE ABOUT THE COLLABORATIVE
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.
Medicaid Family Planning Services
Ohio Medicaid now provides Family Planning Services to men and women with incomes up to 200 per cent of the federal poverty level. Individuals can now apply for enrollment in the program at local departments of job and family services. Medicaid family planning services in other states have reduced unplanned pregnancies, increased birth spacing, improved birth outcomes, and saved Medicaid dollars. For details, please see page 17 of the task force final report. Find more information about Ohio Medicaid’s Family Planning Services 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.
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: 2/19/2014