The black infant mortality rate in Ohio is significantly higher than the white infant mortality rate. In 2013, ODH partnered with CityMatCH, a national organization that supports urban maternal and child health initiatives at the local level, to launch the Ohio Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes, commonly known as the Ohio Equity Institute. The partnership includes nine Ohio metropolitan communities to improve overall birth outcomes and reduce disparities in infant mortality. These metropolitan communities, which accounted for 90 percent of black infant deaths in Ohio in 2015, include Butler County, Canton-Stark County, Cincinnati-Hamilton County, Columbus, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, Youngstown-Mahoning County, Dayton-Montgomery County, Summit County, and Toledo-Lucas County.
Local Contacts for Ohio Equity Institute Teams
More information about the Ohio Equity Institute is available here.
Ohio Equity Institute Teams