Case for Change


The Current Crisis

Infant mortality, or the death of a baby before his or her first birthday, is complicated.

It is not just a health care issue. Jobs, education, access to care, housing, safety, where you live – all play a key role.

Infant mortality rates are often a good way to assess the well-being of a nation, state or community. While recent data shows national infant mortality rates decreasing, Columbus and Franklin County have a rate that is twice that of New York City. In 2010, Ohio’s rate ranked third worst in the nation. Franklin County has one of the worst infant mortality rates in Ohio, and Columbus ranks 36th out of the 50 largest U.S. cities.

In Franklin County 

  • Nearly three families lose a baby every week, or about 150 infants in our community each year.
  • Black babies are dying at twice the rate of white babies.
  • Every year, more than 13 percent of babies are born too early.
  • Disorders related to prematurity and low birth weights are the leading causes of death for infants, but those same disorders can cause ongoing challenges for babies who survive.

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A Case for Change – Infant Mortality in Franklin County Brief (November 2013)



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, data published (NCHS); – KIDS COUNT Data Center (Annie E. Casey Foundation; Ohio Department of Health, analysis by Columbus Public Health’s Office of Epidemiology.