Setting the Stage

January 31, 2014: Watch and Read About This Meeting 

Meeting Objectives

  • Understand task force charge and expected deliverables
  • Understand current state of infant mortality in Franklin County
  • Gain preliminary understanding of the impact of social determinants on infant mortality
  • Gain preliminary understanding of “best practice” approaches from cities that have improved infant mortality rates and reduced racial disparities.


Welcome, Introductions and Expectations for Task Force Process 
Michael Fiorile, President and CEO, Dispatch Printing Company
Task Force Co-Chair

Donna James, Managing Director, Lardon and Associates, LLC
Task Force Co-Chair

→ Overview of Task Force Process
Task Force Goals

A Few Words of Welcome from Ohio’s First Lady, Karen W. Kasich

The Charge from City Council
The Honorable Andrew J. Ginther
President, Columbus City Council

→ Infant Mortality: Our Community Crisis (video 6.33 minutes)

Too many, Too wide, and Too Soon…Still! Taking on Infant Mortality in America’s Cities
Magda G. Peck, ScD
Founding Dean and Professor, Zilber School of Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

→ Dr. Magda Peck Presentation 1.31.2014

State of Infant Mortality in Franklin County

Arthur R. James, MD, F.A.C.O.G.
Associate Professor, Clinical, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

→ State of Infant Mortality In Franklin County
→ Dr. Arthur James Presentation 1.31.2014

Interventions that Can Make a Difference
Dr. Peck facilitates panel including:

  • Chad J. Abresch, MEd
    Executive Director, CityMatCH
  • Reverend John Edgar
    Pastor and Executive Director,  Community Development for All People
  • Mysheika Roberts, MD, MPH
    Assistant Commissioner and Medical Director, Columbus Public Health

→   Background slides from Chad J. Abresch, MEd

Member Briefing Materials (sent in advance)

→ January 31 Agenda and Speaker Profile
→ Infant Mortality Fact Sheet and Brief
Report of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality
→ Ohio’s Commitment to Prevent Infant Mortality