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Here's How You Can Prevent Infant Deaths

Ohio Equity Institute is a community driven effort to reduce infant deaths.

Learn about pregnancy and caring for a baby

Learn about and use safe sleeping practices for infants

Ensure babies always sleep on their backs

Keep doctor appointments

Do not drink alcohol, use tobacco, or take drugs while pregnant

Don't be afraid to ask for help

Develop healthy relationships 


Involve fathers

Be supportive of pregnant co-workers

    Promote healthcare resources for pregnant women

    Maintain a smoke-free home and car

    Support breastfeeding

    Eat healthy and exercise


    Join your local Ohio Equity Institute team

    About the Ohio Equity Institute

    The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and CityMatCH are partnering with nine Ohio baby picturecommunities to improve birth outcomes and reduce the racial disparities in infant deaths. Infant mortality is defined as the death of a baby before his or her first birthday. Infant deaths are an important indicator of the overall health of a society. Ohio ranks near the bottom in overall infant mortality and black infant deaths. This is unacceptable.

    CityMatCH is a national membership organization that supports urban maternal and child health efforts at the local level. Based on a national Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes model, nine Ohio communities make up the Ohio Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes (Ohio Equity Institute).

    For more information, please call: 1-800-755-4769