Ohio has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation, ranked 47th with a rate of 7.6 in 2012. Although many organizations have been working tirelessly to improve the statewide rate, Ohio continues to fall behind nationally. As leaders in our communities, hospitals are ideal partners to help address this issue in a coordinated and targeted way.

Earlier this year, the OHA Board of Trustees approved an aggressive, multi-strategy plan to work with hospitals and other organizations to reduce the infant mortality rate by five percent each year from 2014-2016, ultimately improving Ohio’s rate to 6.0 by 2020.

Many factors influence infant mortality, but in Ohio each year more than 150 incidents are sleep-related. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Ohio Department of Health recommend that all infants sleep alone, on their backs and in a crib – every time they are placed to sleep – to reduce these unfortunate tragedies.

SAVE THE DATE! Safe Sleep Summit Oct. 9

OHA will be hosting a Safe Sleep Summit on Oct. 9 in Columbus, to bring together hospital safe sleep champions and others interested in learning more about effective safe sleep strategeis and networking with peers from across the state.

We are currently seeking session and panel presentations, poster presenters and partners interested in co-hosting the event or sponsoring a table. Click here for more information, and look for registration to open soon! 

About the Hospital Initiative

Ohio’s hospitals have a unique opportunity to reach the parents of nearly 140,000 newborns every year with educational messages about the importance of providing a safe sleeping environment. Although hospitals have been providing parental education for a very long time, the Ohio Hospital Association has recently launched the Safe Sleep is Good4Baby statewide initiative to draw attention to the importance of safe sleep in the hospital, at home and in the community.

For More Information

Contact Stacey Conrad, Ohio Hospital Association, 614-221-7614 for more information.

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