Source: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has released a new fact sheet titled “Taking Action: Eliminating Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality.”
The fact sheet highlights that, “For many years, Ohio’s infant mortality rate has been higher than most other states… Ohio’s policymakers and health leaders have acted on this issue through multiple advisory committees, collaborative efforts, investments, legislation, and other policy changes.”
In December 2020, Governor Mike DeWine announced the creation of a new task force focused on eliminating racial disparities in infant mortality by 2030. The task force will host listening sessions in 11 counties, providing an opportunity for members to learn about promising programs, evaluation results and barriers to improving maternal and infant health for Black families.
- Dismantle racism and address its consequences
- Improve health across the life course, not just pregnancy
- Maintain improvements in access to clinical care, while also advancing meaningful policy changes to improve community conditions.