One Life video sheds light on infant mortality in the Cleveland area

The One Life Documentary was developed by the Cuyahoga County Child and Family Health Service’s Ohio Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative (OIMRI). The goal of the OIMRI program is to reduce the number of Black infants that die before their first birthday by providing supportive services to families in targeted communities. Families in these under-resourced communities, which are predominantly Black communities, are challenged by poor access to quality education and jobs, healthy foods, and affordable quality housing.  This lack of access creates a stressful environment; compounding disadvantages that stand as barriers to a healthy pregnancy and birth outcome.   These stark realities emphasize the need to address these social inequities in order to create fair opportunities for healthy birth outcomes for all families.

One Life explores root causes of Ohio’s alarming high infant mortality rates through local perspectives and personal stories.  Black women, at every socioeconomic level, have higher rates of infant mortality than white women who have not finished high school. In Ohio, black babies die at more than twice the rate of its white babies, and right here in Cuyahoga County, the Black infant mortality rate is three times that of white babies.

For more information please contact Angela Newman at anewman@ccbh.net