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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 5.6 deaths per 1,000 live births.  Allen County's rate is 8.0 per 1,000 live births.  In Allen County, the African-American Infant Mortality rate is about double that of the white population (13.1 compared to 6.0). (Ohio Department of Health, 2016)

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 At-A-Glance

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?

Moms & Babies First, formerly Caring For Two, is a neighborhood outreach program that provides in-home visits during and after pregnancy (from birth through the child’s first birthday). The program is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Health called Ohio Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative, and provides care coordination services to eligible participants. A community health worker (CHW) along with a licensed social worker provide these services. The CHW is a trained advocate from the community who empowers individuals to access community resources through education, outreach, home visits, and referrals.  For more information visit www.allencountypublichealth.org.

The Maternal Infant Task Force was convened in 2015 through the Community Health Improvement Planning process. The group is working to improve prenatal and infant health through the coordination of services.