Preventing Infant Mortality in Ohio


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Ohio has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation, ranked 46th in 2011. In 2014 Ohio improved to 39th in the nation, but much work still needs to be done.

Many organizations have been working tirelessly to improve the statewide rate, but 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.

OHA recently performed a data analysis looking at Ohio's progress compared to the nation, and released a "Hospital Insights" to help guide the ongoing work around reducing infant mortality in Ohio. To view the report, click here


Current Good4Baby initiatives:





About Infant Mortality

Infant mortality is defined as the death of a baby before their first birthday. The infant mortality rate (IMR) is the number of babies who died in the first year of life, per 1,000 live births. This rate is considered an important indicator of the overall health of a society.

Most infant deaths occur when babies are born too small and too early (preterm births are those before 37 weeks gestation), born with a serious birth defect, victims of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS), affected by maternal complications of pregnancy, or victims of injuries (e.g., suffocation).

There are also many non-medical contributors to the death of babies, including poverty, lack
of education, under-resourced neighborhoods, poor nutrition and race. Ohio hospitals are
ideal partners to help address the state’s infant mortality rate and engage patients and the community with effective clinical and professional resources.
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