Infant Mortality

Ohio has ranked near the bottom of states on infant mortality. 


Three former Ohio State University football players have joined the effort to reduce infant mortality in Franklin County.

The Centers for Disease Control says Ohio is one of four Midwestern states with infant mortality rates “significantly higher” than the national average. 

Karen Kasler

March 15 was the deadline for Governor Mike DeWine to release his two-year budget.

Franklin County's infant mortality rate declined last year, but a racial disparity remains.

Columbus City Council today announced plans to add another $3.3 million to Mayor Andy Ginther's 2019 municipal budget proposal. 

City of Columbus

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther last night unveiled plans for more affordable housing and improved internet access during his State of the City speech  at East High School. 

The Ohio Department of Health says the number of infant deaths decreased from 2016 to 2017, but deaths among black infants increased. 

Ohio Public Radio

Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates Mike DeWine and Rich Cordray have released plans for how to help children succeed.

Columbus City Council this week approved legislation giving 75 thousand dollars to the Community Shelter Board to support a program fighting infant mortality.


Mount Carmel Health System on Monday hosted representatives from nearly 30 central Ohio fire departments to encourage them to consider community paramedicine. 

The March of Dimes is giving Columbus a D grade for premature births.

The Ohio Department of Health says the number of infant deaths rose slightly last year. compared with the previous year.

Central Ohio health officials are launching a new campaign to help reduce infant mortality.

Giving new moms face-to-face education about safe sleep practices — and providing them with a cardboard "baby box" where their newborns can sleep right when they get home — reduces the incidence of bed sharing, a significant risk factor for SIDS and other unexpected sleep-related deaths, a study from Temple University in Philadelphia has found.

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One day before the City Council primary election, Columbus leaders yesterday unveiled the city's 861.4 million dollar capital improvements budget for the year.

A policy brief suggests educating women on breastfeeding will help reduce Ohio's high infant mortality rate.

The latest data shows Franklin County has an infant mortality rate of 7.6 per 1000 live births.

A new Ohio Department of Health report shows an increase in the state's infant mortality rate, with African-American babies dying at a rate approaching three times that of caucasians.

Mike Foley

The first class of trained outreach workers in the recently formed CelebrateOne Community Connector Corps has graduated. 

Mike Foley

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.

A panel studying Ohio's infant mortality problem is recommending state lawmakers increase the tobacco tax and raise the legal age of possessing tobacco to 21.

Mike Foley

Central Ohio officials have announced a significant expansion of the effort to reduce the region's infant mortality rate.

Mike Foley

Columbus health professionals and parents of stillborn children have established a standardized method of care for families dealing with the death of an infant.

Ohio health leaders say their effort to bring down the infant mortality rate is working but they still have a long way to go. 

State Lawmakers Working To Combat Infant Mortality

Nov 20, 2014

Ohio's infant mortality rate ranks near the bottom among the states.

Columbus City Council last night approved a five year tax break for an internet company to retain and create jobs at a downtown building.

Columbus city officials have created a task force to help deal with the region's high infant mortality rate. Now, five bills designed to combat the problem statewide have been introduced in the legislature. 

Columbus City Council has announced the formation of a task force designed to find ways to lower the infant mortality rates in the city and Franklin County.

Health officials say Ohio has one of the highest rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in the nation.