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State Health Improvement Plan Priorities - Infant Mortality/Preterm Births

The infant mortality rate is an important measure of a population’s overall health. Unfortunately, Ohio’s infant mortality rate remains higher than the national rate and has not declined in the past decade. More concerning are the disparities in birth outcomes for certain racial, ethnic and geographic groups in Ohio, with African American babies being twice as likely to die in the first year of life. Strategies to address infant mortality and preterm birth are supported through statewide partnerships and include strengthening connections between families and community support systems, improving the quality of care provided to women during pregnancy and to their infants after delivery, and aligning with statewide efforts to reduce sleep-related infant deaths. Through collaboration and a focus on removing disparities, all babies in Ohio can live to see their first birthday and celebrate day 366.

Infant Mortality/Preterm Births


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