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October 07, 2014

United Way announces multi-year investment to battle infant mortality

CINCINNATI – United Way of Greater Cincinnati has committed a total of $60,000 to the fight against infant mortality in Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The amount will be distributed over the next two years ($30,000 in 2014 and $30,000 in 2015).

“Infant mortality is one of the more sensitive indicators of a community’s overall health and is associated with women’s health, quality of and access to medical care, socioeconomic conditions and public health practices,” says Ross Meyer, vice president of community impact, UWGC.

“We are thrilled that United Way is investing in the health of mothers and babies in our community,” says Cradle Cincinnati executive director Ryan Adcock. “Saving our babies starts with a better understanding of the complex reasons for our high infant mortality rate. United Way’s partnership allows us to have the data we need to drive decision-making among all of the partners working to solve this problem.”

In 2013, United Way contributed $21,000 to support data collection and analysis of efforts of Cradle Cincinnati. To date, a number of noteworthy accomplishments have been achieved, including:

  • A common agenda was developed with a shared aspirational goal – every child born in Hamilton County lives to see his or her first birthday – and data-driven priority areas of Spacing, Smoking and Sleep were agreed upon.
  • Shared use of data is improved with new monthly reports.
  • A first annual report to the community was issued that describes the problem in a way that policy makers and citizens could understand.
  • An interactive website that serves as a central location for infant mortality information in Hamilton County was developed and launched. 
  • Community engagement consisting of focus groups of 70 women targeted communities and an open community meeting with the Community Action Agency.
  • Advocacy role emerged for the organization.

Moms and Moms-to-Be looking for help are encouraged to dial 2-1-1. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to speak to trained professionals who can connect them to local community services that fit their needs.

In June 2013, a critical mass of partners rallied around this issue, embracing a collective impact approach to catalyze real change in our community forming Cradle Cincinnati. United Way joined other funding partners, including Hamilton County, the City of Cincinnati, UC Health, TriHealth, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Deskey, Interact for Health, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Here's how you can Get involved:

Learn more: October is Safe Sleep for Babies Month

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