Officials Driven To Do More To Reduce Infant Mortality

May 5, 2016

Central Ohio officials say they've made progress in the effort to reduce the region's infant mortality rate but stress it will take time and continued collective focus to see greater results. 

CelebrateOne released its first-year highlights yesterday. They include establishing a resident to resident engagement program to connect women and families with critical resources and increasing by almost 20 percent the number of Franklin County women of childbearing age enrolled in Medicaid. In the city's eight priority neighborhoods based on where infant mortality is highest, enrollment in Medicaid increased almost 40 percent among pregnant women. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.

Officials want to reduce the rate of infant mortality in Columbus and Franklin County by 40 percent and cut the racial disparity gap in half by the year 2020.