infant mortality

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With the opening of The NICU Family Support Program at UC Medical Center, The March of Dimes, UC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have another element in their multi-pronged approach of studying and helping parents deal with preterm labor.


The launch of the StartStong initiative is the pilot for what may become a national model to lower pre-mature birthrates.

StartStrong is a geographically focused initiative to redesign healthcare delivery and reduce preterm birth rates. The program launched Tuesday evening, March 11 at Avondale Southern Baptist Church and is open to the public.

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Infant mortality rates for Hamilton County and Cincinnati decreased in 2013 but still remain higher than the national average.

Cradle Cincinnati released last year's numbers following a community summit Tuesday morning.

Hamilton County saw 95 babies die before their first birthday, for a rate of 8.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.  Of those deaths, 53 were City of Cincinnati residents, giving the City a rate of 9.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.

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Area health agencies and hospitals are joining county and city leaders to launch a collaborative tasked with reducing the rate at which babies die before their first birthdays.

At a launch celebration Thursday at the Freedom Center, Dr. Jim Greenberg of Children's Hospital said premature birth is one of the largest problems.

Hamilton County health and government agencies are working together to fight high infant mortality rates.

The county's infant death rate exceeds the national average and has for a decade.

Commissioners Wednesday approved a county-wide collaborative that aims to reduce infant death rates.

Commissioner Todd Portune says the multi-agency approach is needed to tackle such a big issue.

Hamilton County is preparing to launch a county-wide Collaborative on Infant Mortality Rate Reduction.

Participants include: Hamilton County, City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County Public Health, Children's Hospital Medical Center, UC Health, The Christ Hospital, TriHealth, Inc., and Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio.

"It is a significant collaborative of the major healthcare systems in the region all coming together under one umbrella," says Commissioner Todd Portune.

Hamilton County's infant mortality rate well exceeds the national average.