Aultman Hospital was recognized last week by the American Hospital Association with the AHA Dick Davidson NOVA Award at the organization's national leadership conference in San Diego for its collaborative efforts with Canton City Public Health to decrease infant mortality rates in Stark County.
“Our goal was that every baby in Stark County would have the opportunity to reach [his or her] first birthday,” said Ed Roth III, CEO and president of Aultman Health Foundation and OHA Board of Trustees chair elect.
This goal birthed the Stark County Toward Health Resiliency for Infant Vitality and Equity Program, or THRIVE, managed by Canton City Public Health. Stark County’s THRIVE promotes women’s health throughout pregnancy, including early prenatal care services through the CenteringPregnancy program and sleep education program for new mothers called Cribs for Kids.
As a result of THRIVE programming, the infant mortality rates for white and black children continue to decrease in Stark County. In addition to Aultman Hospital and Canton City Public Health, THRIVE’s collaborative partners include local school districts, community health providers and faith-based groups.
“We have the resources necessary to make this a sustainable, ongoing program,” Roth said. “Our collaboration is a collaboration of our entire community. And while we’re very pleased with our success so far, we know that the job isn’t over, and we’ll continue to work together so that every baby in the community has the opportunity to reach his or her first birthday.”
Infant mortality is one of OHA’s top statewide initiatives. Read more about the safe sleep, breastfeeding and reduction of early elective delivery programs here.