The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. The infant mortality rate is an estimate of the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. This rate is often used as an indicator to measure the health and well-being of a city, county, state or nation, because factors affecting the health of entire populations can also impact the mortality rate of infants. There are obvious differences in infant mortality by age, race, and ethnicity; for instance, the mortality rate for non-Hispanic black infants is more than twice that of non-Hispanic white infants.
For more information:

Health Policy Institute of Ohio  – Social Determinants of Infant Mortality -December 2017

Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality’s March 2016 Committee Report, Recommendations and Data Inventory

Ohio Infant Mortality Task Force

Centers for Disease Control – Infant Mortality

Click here to view the entire Infant Mortality Hot Spots Map

Click here to view the Ohio Commission on Minority Health Report

Click here to view the 2014 Ohio Infant Mortality Data: General Findings (12/18/15)

Recent Infant Mortality News/Editorials:

Ohio Infant Mortality Rate Increases Despite Drop In Sleeping Deaths

ODM to Fund Additional Community Projects to Combat Infant Mortality

Akron community groups receive $1.5 million for new programs to battle infant mortality

“Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley propose creating an organization similar to the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force, which formed in 2013, and Cradle Cincinnati.

Read more in this article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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