Cleveland's rate of infant mortality is more than double the national rate.
But why? Infant mortality is a complex issue. To take a look at infant mortality means to take a look at the bigger picture of what's going on where we live, work, learn, play, and grow.
In trying to reduce Cleveland's rates of infant mortality, we simply have to do better. The Healthy Cleveland Initiative's committees of Health Literacy, Healthy Neighborhoods, and Violence Prevention are coming together to see what part they can play in addressing this ever-important issue.
As we're developing a campaign in hope of saving lives, check back for more information on what you can do to be a part of the solution. In the mean time, learn more about infant mortality below.
Learn more about infant mortality:
View this 2-page info-graphic, created by the Ohio Department of Health, showing Ohio's high rates of infant mortality, particularly among African Americans.
Visit this web page to to learn more about the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality - a coming together of individuals / organizations seeking to prevent infant mortality and birth outcome disparities.
MomsFirst is a City of Cleveland program that offers case management and home visiting services to pregnant moms until their babies reach age two. Women who participate in the MomsFirst program receive health education on topics such as prenatal care, breastfeeding, family planning, and interconceptional care.
MomsFirst assists with obtaining medical insurance and transportation to mothers' prenatal and postpartum appointments. The goal of MomsFirst is to reduce the number of babies that die before they are a year old. MomsFirst wants to help mothers have healthy pregnancies.
Watch this video to learn more about how MomsFirst has helped mothers and babies in Cleveland for the past 20 years.
While there are many issues that impact infant mortality, there are some issues that are more easily controlled than others. This video by the Cleveland Clinic - "Safe Sleep Practices" - is just one example of something we can control when it comes to protecting our infants. We may not have much control over our genetics, but we can certainly control how we put our infants to bed.
Watch this video by the Cleveland Clinic to learn more about safe sleep practices.