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Maternal Infant Wellness
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Maternal Infant Wellness

The Maternal Infant Wellness Program is an organized community effort to eliminate health disparities, improve birth outcomes and improve the health status of women, infants and children in Ohio.

Maternal Infant Wellness Program Includes: 

Grant dollars that may be used to provide programs and services within the following six priority(s): 

  1. Behavioral Health
  2. Smoking
  3. Nutrition and Breastfeeding
  4. Safe Sleep
  5. Social Determinants of Health
  6. Ohio Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes (OEI)

Who Do We Serve?

We focus on low-income women and children in socio-economic, racial and ethnic groups that are disproportionately affected by poor health in geographic areas and populations of highest need. We currently fund 58 projects in 64 counties across Ohio.

Our Goals

  • Ensuring socio-emotional health and addiction needs of women and children are met
  • Decreasing smoking and second-hand smoke exposure
  • Decreasing childhood obesity, reducing food insecurity and supporting breastfeeding
  • Decreasing infant mortality by ensuring infants have a safe sleep environment
  • Addressing social determinants of health
  • Implementing  the Ohio Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes (OEI)
  • Providing safety services

A Collaborative Approach

The goals of the Maternal Infant Wellness Program are accomplished by engaging in a focused, multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to health improvement. This is done in coordination with internal and external stakeholders that serve groups that are disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes. including, but not limited to:

  • Local public health agencies
  • Community health centers
  • Community-based organizations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Private-sector organizations
  • Public health providers
  • Culturally competent programs and services are provided to a diverse population in the service delivery area. 

Maternal Infant Wellness funding sources include:

See Priority Areas and Strategies for the current Fiscal Year for more information on services provided by Maternal and Child Health Program.

Maternal Infant Wellness webinar/video recordings:

Maternal Infant Wellness Contact Information

Ohio Department of Health
Maternal Infant Wellness Program
246 N. High Street, 6th floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (614) 644-6560
Fax: (614) 564-2433