The black infant mortality 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 86 percent of black infant deaths in Ohio in 2016, 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.
In 2015, local Ohio Equity Institute teams began launching evidence-based interventions to address high-risk populations for poor birth outcomes. Interventions include the Centering Pregnancy model of care, safe sleep initiatives, use of progesterone to reduce preterm births, and smoking cessation initiatives.
More information about the Ohio Equity Institute is available here .
Local Ohio Equity Institute Teams