Improving community conditions to reduce infant mortality: A call for action

Online event

Thursday, August 17, 2023
11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Policymakers and community leaders across Ohio have worked to reduce high rates of infant mortality. Despite the efforts of many in both the public and private sectors, progress since 2011 has been minimal and uneven, and Ohio’s infant mortality rate remains higher than most other states.

This forum will explore recommendations and actions that can be taken to reduce infant mortality in Ohio. 

Collaboration across sectors will be encouraged in facilitated small groups in which tools to take action steps toward improving infant mortality in Ohio will be provided. Small groups will focus on the following areas: housing, transportation, education, employment and racism.

Speakers include HPIO and the following guests:
  • Dr. Mary Applegate, Medical Director, Ohio Department of Medicaid
  • Shannon Jones, President and CEO, Groundwork Ohio
  • Charleta B. Tavares, Chief Executive Officer, PrimaryOne Health
  • Angela Newman-White, Executive Director, First Year Cleveland, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
  • Mary Ellen Knaebel, Director, Health Promotion and Education, Hamilton County Public Health
  • Ellen Gaietto, OEI Program Coordinator & Getting to 1 Coalition/CAN Coordinator, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department
  • Danielle Tong, Executive Director, CelebrateOne


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