Category: Infant Mortality

October 15, 2018

Election Day is coming; how will candidates address Ohio’s infant mortality rate?

Ohio’s infant mortality rate of 7.4 infant deaths per 1,000 live births continues to be one of the highest in the nation. The infant mortality rate is an international indicator of population health; high rates denote systemic failures impacting health access in communities. Progress has been made in reducing the rate of white infant mortality,...

April 30, 2018

Putting the “Mother” Back into Maternal and Infant Health

April 30, 2018 In the United States, women are dying from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth at a higher rate than other industrialized nations, and the rate is increasing. Understanding this issue is complex; even just understanding the terminology describing deaths and complications related to pregnancy and childbirth is quite an undertaking. It’s important...

March 20, 2018

New Information Released on HHS Termination of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grants

Today, NBC News released information from the internal notes of federal officials, highlighting reasons behind the early termination of federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program funding. The program was just beginning year three of a 5 year funding cycle when the change was announced last July. Although no poor outcomes were cited as a reason...

October 13, 2017

The Commission on Infant Mortality

The Commission on Infant Mortality met Wednesday, October 11, for the first time in over a year and a half.  The commission focused on the work that began with the passage of Senate Bill 332, focusing on what has happened since the last meeting (April 28, 2016) and what the state has been doing regarding...

August 31, 2015

Commission on Infant Mortality has its first meeting

I attended the first meeting of the Commission on Infant Mortality last Wednesday in the Ohio Senate Finance Hearing Room. The meeting lasted for nearly 3 hours. Medicaid Director John McCarthy made the initial presentation, focusing on the new $13.4 million in the state budget for infant mortality work. He pointed out that Ohio’s high infant...