Senator Tavares Partners With Senator Jones To Combat Infant Mortality Rates
Launches "Prevent Infant Mortality" Kickoff Event & Statewide Tour to raise awareness

Columbus– Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) along with Senator Shannon Jones (R – Springboro) will promote efforts to reduce infant mortality rates in ethnic and racial communities with a kick off “Prevent Infant Mortality” event tonight from 6:30-7:30pm  at the Lincoln Theater (769 E. Long Street, Columbus, OH 43203). Collaborators of the event include The Ohio Equity Institute, the Ohio Department of Health, and CityMatCH.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, Ohio ranks 48th overall in the country for infant mortality rates and certain cities within the state are comparable to those of a developing country. In Ohio, per the 1,000 births in the Black community, 14.3 result in death, compared to 6.3 for Caucasians.

“The health of Ohio is determined by the health of our infants,” stated Senator Tavares.  “Infants among ethnic and racial populations are dying prematurely and unnecessarily. This is not just a moral and ethical issue, but as legislators we have a fiduciary responsibility to address this unacceptable health outcome for the taxpayers to ensure we are spending money efficiently to get the best health outcomes for all of our children.”

Earlier today, Senator Tavares joined Senator Jones, chair of the Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee, at a press conference to announce an action plan including a statewide tour to communities across Ohio to discuss ways to combat infant mortality.  Tentative dates and cities include:

  • August 22 Cincinnati, OH
  • August 29 Columbus, OH
  • September 19 Toledo, OH
  • September 26 Dayton, OH
  • October 3 Cleveland, OH

Members of the Senate Medicaid, Health & Human Services Committee will join both senators in various cities to hear emerging practices and concerns regarding infant mortality rates and other health disparities. 

“Addressing the issue of health disparities is a long term investment in improving health outcomes while reducing the need for costly treatments that are the result of chronic illness. Recognizing the health needs of Ohio’s diverse population is also key to the overarching efforts of Medicaid reform in our state,” stated ranking committee member Senator Cafaro (D – Hubbard).

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