13 Oct

CelebrateOne Website Live

CelebrateOne was created in November 2014 to carry out the Task Force’s  recommendations and ensure Franklin County meets its ambitious goal.


11 Dec

CelebrateOne, A New Name for our Work Ahead


Working toward implementation of the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force’s recommendations to reduce infant mortality in communities throughout Columbus, the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force participated in a Columbus Metropolitan Club weekly forum to launch the new name and logo for the work moving forward.

CelebrateOne was selected to serve as a reminder of our goal – that we reduce our infant mortality rate and celebrate the first birthdays of more children in our community. It’s meant to invite everyone in our community, because it will take all of us working together to meet our ambitious goals.

The candle, in addition to serving as a symbol of hope and celebration, also offers us an opportunity to remember and honor the babies we’ve lost.

Learn more at


Watch entire Columbus Metropolitan Club presentation
November 14, 2014

24 Jun

Task Force to Release Recommendations and Plan Tomorrow

Task Force to Release Recommendations and Plan 

At its final meeting on Wednesday, June 25, the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force will review its final recommendations and implementation plan. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for members of the Task Force to comment on the report before adopting the recommendations. The Task Force also will discuss specific ways the community, such as businesses and individuals, can get involved in plan implementation.

While the ultimate aspiration of the Task Force is to create a community where every baby celebrates his or her first birthday and there is no disparity among various parts of the community, the specific goal of the Task Force was to develop a community plan that will reduce the infant mortality rate in central Ohio by 40 percent and cut the disparity gap in half by 2020.

The report will provide specific recommendations to achieve this goal, timelines to implement the recommendations, and indicators to measure progress. The report’s recommendations include a number of action items to be completed 90 days after the delivery of the report and strategies to be implemented in one year.

02 Jun

2014 SIDS 5K Registration Now Open!

5th Annual SIDS Awareness 5k

Together, we can reach our goal of 1000 runners/walkers and be one step closer to a SIDS-free future.

  • New Location: Brewery District & Scioto Audobon Park
  • New Date: August 2nd, 2014
  • New Time: 11am (Kids’ Fun Run begins at 10:30am)

Learn more and register at

27 Feb

“Working together, we can improve babies’ prospects” – Dr. Steve Gabbe

Working together, we can improve babies’ prospects –

Columbus Dispatch – Letter to the Editor
Saturday February 22, 2014

“I once served on the board of a support group for parents whose babies had been stillborn or died soon after birth. Watching what these families went through and knowing there are ways to prevent infant mortality has driven me through my career. As a high-risk obstetrician, I know that preventing preterm births is one of the best ways to ensure babies see their first birthday.”
Read on …. 

Chief executive officer
Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center