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Baby and Mother



Here's How You Can Prevent Infant Deaths


Ohio Equity Institute is a community driven effort to reduce infant deaths.


Learn about pregnancy and caring for a baby

Learn about and use safe sleeping practices for infants

Ensure babies always sleep on their backs

Keep doctor appointments

Do not drink alcohol, use tobacco, or take drugs while pregnant

Don't be afraid to ask for help

Develop healthy relationships 


Involve fathers

Be supportive of pregnant co-workers

Promote healthcare resources for pregnant women

Maintain a smoke-free home and car

Support breastfeeding

Eat healthy and exercise


Join your local Ohio Equity Institute team

About the Ohio Equity Institute

BabyThe Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and CityMatCH are partnering with nine Ohio communities to improve birth outcomes and reduce the racial disparities in infant deaths. Infant mortality is defined as the death of a baby before his or her first birthday. Infant deaths are an important indicator of the overall health of a society. Ohio ranks near the bottom in overall infant mortality and black infant deaths. This is unacceptable. 

CityMatCH is a national membership organization that supports urban maternal and child health efforts at the local level. Based on a national Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes model, nine Ohio communities make up the Ohio Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes (Ohio Equity Institute).

For more information, please call: 1-800-755-4769


Fact Sheets

Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality Fact Sheets/Resources

The following fact sheets contain general information about the collaborative as well as infant mortality and disparities in Ohio Each contains a “Call to Action” section targeted to a specific organization or entity.  Click on the titles for the PDF fact sheet(s) you would like.

Ohio Department of Health Fact Sheets/Policies


Additional Resources 



Ohio Equity Institute Resources

The Ohio Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes, known informally as the Ohio Equity Institute or OEI, is an initiative designed to strengthen the scientific focus and evidence base for realizing equity in birth outcomes in nine of Ohio’s major metropolitan areas.


Promising Practices to Address Institute Resources


Ohio Equity Institute Community Profiles


OEI Local Team Posters