Participating Sustainability Partners:



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130 West North Street
Lima, Ohio 45801-4311
Phone: (419) 228-1836
Fax: (419) 228-3891

Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health

Current Situation - Infant Mortality is one of the most important measures of the health of a nation.  Ohio's Infant Mortality rate is 7.4 deaths per 1,000 live births compared to the national rate of 6.0 deaths per 1,000 live births.  Allen County's rate is 7.5 per 1,000 live births.  In Allen County, the black or African-American Infant Mortality rate is about double that of the white population (13.8 compared to 6.0). 

Key Data Points



 Opportunities for Improvement 


Infant Mortality Rates

* This table shows the differences in Infant Mortality Rates among both of the White and African American populations.  (Ohio Department of Health)

What is being done in our Community?

The Caring for Two Program began in 2003 and provides services to African American women of childbearing age in the 45801 and 45804 zip codes.  The program provides education to the mothers about how to have a healthy pregnancy and raise a healthy child.  The Community Health Workers also assist the young women in their program to make and keep prenatal and pediatrician appointments.

The Activate Allen County through the Small Community Transformation Grant (SCTG) is working with local hospitals to become Baby-friendly.

A newly-formed Breastfeeding Coalition was formed in March 2013 to assist worksites in adopting breastfeeding policies and making their businesses breastfeeding-friendly.