Infant Mortality Awareness

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Infant Mortality Education

YWCA- Community Health Worker Infant Mortality Awareness

The YWCA Healthy Connections Community Health Worker provides care coordination to women in the community to decrease the incidence of low birth weight. Infant mortality is defined as the death of a live-born baby before his or her first birthday.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there were 41 infant deaths in Lucas County in 2016; furthermore, the 2017 scorecard reports Lucas County as having 6.7 infant mortality rates for whites and 17.5 for blacks.

  • Medicaid Eligible Low Income, High Risk Pregnant Women. The Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB works to decrease the incidence of low birth weight (LBW) and premature births among high risk pregnant women in Northwest Ohio by utilizing the Pathways Model for Care Coordination.
  • Community Health Workers (CHWs) assist clients in removing barriers to care and increasing positive birth outcomes.
  • All health and social service agencies serving the pregnant, Medicaid population are eligible to apply.
  • Attend community events to share the importance of decreasing low birth weight babies.

For more information about the programs from Healthy Connections, contact Winda Birt at 419-241-3235 ext. 225 or via email at