Nice work Cleveland Cuyahoga Partnership to Improve Birth Outcomes!
The Ohio Equity Institute team hosted a free health and wellness event to raise awareness of the city’s infant mortality rate and empower the community to take action. More than 500 families attended the event, June 20, One Life, One Voice, One Community—Every Baby Deserves a First Birthday!
Last week, CityMatCH Executive Director Chad Abresch, presented Reflections on Equity and Infant Mortality to the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. SACIM has been doing exceptional work to recommend a comprehensive strategy for infant mortality reduction to the Secretary.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new report, "CDC Grand Rounds: Public Health Approaches to Reducing Infant Mortality," which highlights some (but not all) of the approaches being used in addressing this national health priority. According to the report, opportunities exost to reduce the mortality rate among infants born preterm by addressing key risk factors, such as prenatal smoking. Also, many very low birthweight infants are not born in hospitals that have level III neonatal intensive-care units, which have been shown to significantly reduce mortality.
The MCH Library has released the "Infant Mortality Toolkit: Resources for a Public Health Approach," which provides resources to help the MCH workforce strategically integrate the evidence base into plans for addressing infant mortality. The resources are organization by a four-part conceptual model of public health, including surveillance and monitoring; identifying risk factors and protective factors; developing and testing of prevention strategies; and ensuring widespread adoption.
The Health Resources and Services Administration has released a funding announcement soliciting applications for the "Providing Support for the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality." The purpose of this activity is to support collaborative learning, innovation and quality improvement efforts to reduce infant mortality; apply evidence-based strategies for reducing infant mortality; and scale-up interventions to reduce infant mortality by stimulating action across states.
Project IMPACT, in partnership with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), is offering a webinar, "Infant Safe Sleep: Moving Data to Action" on July 31 from 3-4:30 pm EST. The webinar will feature an update on the SUID Case Registry from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and will highlight the best practices for safe sleep, presented by the B'More fr Healthy Babies Safe Sleep campaign. To register for the webinar, please visit the AMCHP website.
The MCH Library at Georgetown University has released a new Infant Mortality Toolkit: Resources for a Public Health Approach, an interactive guide that provides resources to help the maternal and child health workforce strategically integrate the evidence base into plans for addressing infant mortality. To view the toolkit, please visit the MCH Library website.
The National Center for Cultural Competence is offering a new resource for community health providers to address racial and ethnic disparities in sudden unexpected infant death (SIDS). The "Toolkit for Community Health Providers: Engaging Ethnic Media to Inform Communities about Safe Infant Sleep" provides guidance on engaging the media in ethnic communities. To download the toolkit, visit http://nccc.georgetown.edu/engaging-ethnic-media/Engaging-Ethnic-Media.pdf.