Baby 1st Network Awarded Funding from Gov. DeWine and ODH to Improve Maternal, Child Health in Ohio

Dec 03, 2021

Governor DeWine Announces $5 Million in Funding to Improve Maternal and Infant Health

Baby 1st Network awarded $250,000.00 for statewide initiatives

December 03, 2021

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that the Ohio Department of Health, in partnership with the Governor’s Children’s Initiative has awarded $5 million to 44 community- and faith-based organizations to improve supports to pregnant women and newly parenting families.

“These resources will provide communities across the state with new funding to begin or expand services to help more babies reach their first birthdays and support healthy parents,” said Governor DeWine.  “We are committed to reducing the unacceptable infant mortality rate in Ohio because all babies deserve a healthy start and an opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest potential.”

The goal of these resources is to provide funding to improve infant and maternal health outcomes. These dollars seek to strengthen the unique work of community- and faith-based organizations as trusted partners of Ohio’s pregnant women and new families. Funded organizations will reduce barriers to wellness for participants by providing resources and services that address gaps in existing maternal and infant systems and supports pregnant women and newly parenting families (up to 12-months postpartum).

Infant mortality is defined as the death of an infant before their first birthday. The infant mortality rate is the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Ohio infant mortality across was 6.9 per 1,000 live births in 2019, the same as it was in 2018. The Ohio and national goal is 6.0 or fewer infant deaths per 1,000 live births.

The 44 funded projects will begin January 1, 2022 and provide support to pregnant women and new families in 42 Ohio counties.

Baby 1st Network  $250,000.00 (Statewide)

Support the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality to expand capacity to address both pregnancy and infant related mortality and morbidity and improve the health of all birthing people of childbearing age in Ohio.