Infant Mortality

Study: Child poverty, family stability see major impacts during pandemic

BY: - August 11, 2021

A new study shows the coronavirus pandemic erased gains against child poverty and family stability, among other indicators of child wellbeing in the state. Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio’s annual “kids count” profile used 16 wellbeing categories in the areas of health care, safety, homes and communities, finance and education, which leaders of CDF say show areas […]

Advocates: Increases in infant health, reductions in youth prisons should be budget priorities

BY: - May 14, 2021

Advocates are looking to the Ohio Senate to prioritize child welfare issues, such as infant health, child care and reducing youth incarceration as they work toward passage of the state operating budget. Members of child welfare organizations across the state are encouraged by continued investments in local support programs addressing poverty and child care that […]

Fighting infant mortality: Racism top of the pile for Black family struggles

BY: - March 8, 2021

The Ohio Legislative Children’s Caucus took a direct look at racism as the prime factor for the state’s infants and mothers struggling to stay alive, particularly in Black communities. In a recent meeting of the caucus, legislators laid out priorities for the current General Assembly, some of which are included in bills already under consideration […]

Minority Strike Force Town Halls: Infant mortality, underlying conditions at heart of disparity issues

BY: - June 9, 2020

Medical professionals and minority advocacy groups came together last week to give their input on recommendations from the state’s coronavirus Minority Strike Force. In three days of town hall meetings, strike force subcommittee members were advised on how to address multiple aspects of the minority community’s daily life that can contribute to health disparities.  The […]

State data: Black babies more than 2.5 times likely to die before first birthday than whites

BY: - February 27, 2020

In 2018, 938 Ohio babies died before their first birthday. Forty percent of them didn’t make it a day. Black babies died at a rate between 2.5 to three times more frequently than white babies. These are just some of the findings from the Ohio Department of Health’s 2018 Infant Mortality Annual Report. There are […]