On March 26, 2014, 30 front‐line health care staff, such as visiting nurses and social workers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Mt. Carmel, Council on Healthy Mothers and Babies and other organizations that work with high‐risk populations met with Task Force Staff members.
The providers discussed safe sleep education, smoking and prenatal care needs. The front-line staff also discussed how the social determinants of health – such as housing, transportation and crime – impact expectant and new mothers. Safe sleep practice and education was also a major point made by the practitioners.
Task Force member Dr. Steven Gabbe, MD, CEO of The Ohio State University Medical Center, attended the session held at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
This was the second of 10 targeted stakeholder workshops that will be held in conjunction with the work of the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force. The workshops are designed to seek input from those of you who are already tackling at least one piece of this large issue.
Specifically, the group was asked to provide feedback and insights on what is already happening in the community that are successful, efforts that are gaining traction and are points of pride for the community, barriers to improving the community’s infant mortality rate and what they would like the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force members to know.