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Early preterm births cause troubling rise in infant mortality: Progress report

Author: Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer

Early preterm births cause troubling rise in infant mortality: Progress report

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In the first three months of this year, Cuyahoga County’s infant mortality rate showed a troubling and dramatic rise, driven largely by a jump in the number of extremely preterm infants born who are unlikely to survive, according to statistics released at a quarterly meeting of city-county infant mortality initiative First Year Cleveland.

The Cleveland Office of Minority Health is in the center of the fight to reduce Infant Mortality rates in Cleveland

Frances Mills, Director of Community Health Initiatives shares her story...

The Cleveland Office of Minority Health is in the center of the fight to reduce Infant Mortality rates in Cleveland

Established in 2007, the Cleveland Office of Minority Health is committed to reducing health disparities among communities of color in Cleveland. As the Infant Mortality rates continued to rise in Cleveland, particularly among African American and Latino women, Frances Mills, Director of Community Health Initiatives for the Cleveland Department of Public Health and Director of the minority health office, knew that she had to get involved; not as an administrator but as a resident and health advocate.

Race and Geography Matters, Mayor Annette Blackwell

Mayor Annette Blackwell tells how even when you’re in the black, race and geography still matters by Felicia C. Haney

Race and Geography Matters, Mayor Annette Blackwell

Living in today’s crazy social/political climate, oftentimes we don’t know what, if anything, will change. In turn, we pray on it, ignore it or just sit back and complain about it for fear that there’s nothing more we can do.

First Year Cleveland: Working Together to Save Babies

September 21, 2018 By Bernadette Kerrigan, Executive Director, First Year Cleveland

First Year Cleveland: Working Together to Save Babies

An August 2018 cleveland.com editorial piece noted, “The good news is that preliminary work to tackle this problem [of infant mortality] by First Year Cleveland — an unprecedented local public-private coalition of elected officials, hospitals, religious institutions, medical providers, educators and health researchers — is making inroads. Cuyahoga County’s infant mortality rate fell last year to 8.11 deaths per 1,000 live births, still too high.”
 

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