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Ohio's Infant Mortality Commission Releases Final Report

Over Fifty Recommendations Offered to Address Ohio's High Infant Mortality Rates

  • 23 March 2016
  • Author: Jim Tobin
  • Number of views: 4331

The Commission was charged with conducting an inventory of all state programs that may impact infant mortality and their available funding streams, as well as to evaluate each program’s performance in improving the infant mortality rate in this state.

The Commission considered a variety of approaches including developing better data practices, cultivating collaboration between state and local initiatives, conducting public awareness campaigns, developing screening tools to focus resources on areas with the most pressing need, and addressing the social determinants of health. Furthermore, the Commission was clear in all its discussions that successes in reducing the overall rate of infant mortality without also favorably impacting the disparity between white and black babies would be nothing more than a hollow victory.

 The recommendations recognize that changes are needed inside and outside the health care system and at the state and local levels to address and remove barriers that prevent too many of Ohio’s children from celebrating their first birthdays.

Full Report



Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking

Oh God, we didn't see them.

But you did-

The hundreds and thousands of human beings trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in modern-day slavery.

Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plow fields, harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes, and haul water.

Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs and small shoulders for bearing rifles.

Their labor is forced, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden from those who don't really want to see them.

But you see them all, God of the poor.

You hear their cry and you answer by opening our eyes, and breaking our hearts and loosening our tongues to insist:

No mas. No more.