Category: Maternal mortality and morbidity

November 23, 2020

The Status of Ohio’s Women: Maternal Mortality

Last October, The Center for Community Solutions released fact sheets on the Status of Women for each of Ohio’s 88 counties. The fact sheets include a cross section of health, economic, civic and education indicators. Modeled after the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s national report on the Status of Women, they provide insight on how Ohio women...

November 9, 2020

What an ACA repeal could mean for maternal health

The constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will come before the United States Supreme Court as justices are scheduled to hear oral argument for the case California v. Texas on November 10. While this case specifically challenges the individual mandate provision, striking down the mandate raises questions about the entire law’s survival. While this...

October 19, 2020

A new tool to promote safe birth spacing in Ohio

By Guest Authors: Melissa Federman, Lisa Amlung Holloway and Lauren Sogor Maternal and child health outcomes improve when pregnancies are spaced at least 18 months from the previous birth. Ohio is behind the national average with safe birth spacing with 63 percent of births safely spaced, compared to 67 percent nationally. Too few health care...

October 12, 2020

Diaper need is an unspoken reality for many families

Which of the following programs provides diapers to low-income families in Ohio? Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Women Infant and Children (WIC) Help Me Grow Early Head Start None of the Above Unfortunately, the correct answer is 5. None of the Above. The only program families in Ohio can use to access diapers is Temporary...

October 5, 2020

Ohio is again the focus of federal maternal health funding

Around this time last year, Community Solutions reported on federal grants that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded to Ohio to address and study maternal health. This week, HHS once again announced funding, $360 million, administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for programs that support maternal and child...

August 31, 2020

Minority health matters

There have long been disparities in health outcomes between Ohioans of color and white Ohioans, with yearly widening gaps in infant mortality rates, average life expectancy rates, maternal mortality rates and more. Minority health in Ohio has long suffered from poor social determinants of health due to policy and system inequities. The COVID-19 pandemic is...

August 14, 2020

Coronavirus affects pregnancy after all

Nearly all pregnant women have had alterations of their experiences because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Since mid-March, much of the country has been confined to strict rules and guidelines to help prevent the spread of the virus which include social distancing, mask requirements and telehealth visits with medical professionals. In short, COVID-19 has changed...

July 6, 2020

The status of Ohio’s women: Birth spacing

Late last year, The Center for Community Solutions released fact sheets on the Status of Women for each of Ohio’s 88 counties that include a cross section of indicators about women including health, economic, civic and education levels. Modeled after a national report on the Status of Women, by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in which...

June 29, 2020

Medical bias, weathering and the deadly impact on Black mothers

For the past several years, The Center for Community Solutions has been committed to examining and improving maternal and infant health for families in our state. By analyzing disaggregated maternal mortality data, infant mortality reports and other critical statistics such as birth records, we’ve developed policy solutions to help combat an escalating maternal and infant...

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