Infant Mortality

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In 2016, 1,024 Ohio children under the age of 1 died - more than the previous year, despite concerted efforts on the part of government officials and non-profits to curb infant deaths. One of those non-profits, the Columbus-based CelebrateOne, is pushing another effort to keep babies safe. 

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For years, efforts to fight Ohio’s infant mortality rate have focused on health care, both for babies and expecting mothers.

A new report says addressing economic issues might be just as effective.

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Nine pregnant women get together on Friday mornings on Summa Health Systems’ Akron campus, in a room that looks more like a living room than a medical office. It’s time for blood pressure, urine and belly checks, and time to compare swollen ankles, back pain and sales on diaper bags.

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The state is working with community leaders trying to find ways to curb the infant mortality crisis. A new report shows that 1,024 babies died before their first birthday last year. That’s a 1.9 percent increase from the previous year.

Infant Mortality, Anti-Aging and Chronic Pain Relief

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Could community be the answer to improving infant mortality rates? Atrium Medical Center says the answer is 'yes'.

For Jernica Quiñones, the reality of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, hit close to home this year when a friend woke up on New Year's Day and discovered the lifeless body of her baby girl.

That's why Quiñones' 4-month-old son, Bless'n, has spent a lot of his life so far sleeping in a cardboard box.

The 33-year-old mother of five took part in a program in New Jersey that promotes safe sleep education through the distribution of "baby boxes" that double as bassinets.


Columbus City Council increased the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21-year-old on Monday night. City leaders hope the new measure will lead to a healthier population.


The Ohio Department of Health said Wednesday that infant mortality has recently increased in the state as a whole. But in Franklin County, the number of deaths actually went down.

WOSU's Sam Hendren talks to Liane Egle, executive director of CelebrateOne, a group that was formed following the work of the Franklin County Infant Mortality Task Force.