Fifteen neighborhood leaders from civic associations and Columbus Area Commissions were invited to this workshop. Organizations included:
- Columbus Public Health Department
- Near East Side Area Commission
- Neighborhood House (King-Lincoln District)
- Hilltop Area Commission
- Gladden Community House
- Franklinton Area Board of Trade
Participants were welcomed by Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther, who reviewed these major facts:
- Columbus has an infant mortality rate twice that of New York City
- 3 to 4 infants die per week in Columbus
- 150 children under age 1 die each year (enough to fill three Kindergarten classes)
- The mortality rate of African-American babies is twice that of Caucasian babies
- Awareness level of this issue is very low
Held in the Community Room of the Columbus Urban League on April 23, 2014, this was the seventh of 10 targeted stakeholder workshops to be held in conjunction with the work of the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force. The workshops are designed to seek input from those who are already tackling at least one piece of this large issue.
Specifically, the group was asked to provide feedback and insights on the programs their associations and organizations already have in place, efforts that are gaining traction and are points of pride for their organizations, barriers to improving the community’s infant mortality rate and what they would like the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force members to know.