News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Knight Foundation

Greater Akron Chamber


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Health and Medicine


Ohio's infant mortality rate is 48th in the country
And racial disparities are great
Story by JERRY KENNEY


 
In The Region:

Health professionals and members of the Ohio Senate Committee on Medicaid, Health, and Human Services will be in Cincinnati Thursday to discuss how to improve Ohio’s infant mortality rate. For Ohio Public Radio,  WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports.

LISTEN: Disparity in infant mortality

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:32)


Ohio ranks 48th among states in infant mortality, averaging 7.7 deaths per 1,000 births from 2006 through 2010.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, that rate has remained fairly steady since 1997. State Sen.Shannon Jones, who chairs the Medicaid, Health, and Human Services committee, says what’s happening in Ohio in no way resembles the progress that’s being made nationally.

“During that same period of time, the infant mortality rates across the nation have dropped by 11 percent. So the disparity between Ohio’s infant mortality rate and the rest of the nation continues to grow.”

And, the Ohio Department of Health says Infant mortality rates go up dramatically for black populations in Ohio, to 15.5 deaths per 1,000 births. Tha’s more than double the rate for white infants. Jones says some of that disparity lies with access to medical care.

“I think our focus has to be here in the state on looking at evidenced-based practices that’s going to allow us to tackle this challenge.”

In July the Ohio Department of Health announced that it will work with Dayton and eight other Ohio communities to reduce infant deaths.

 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook



Stories with Recent Comments

Bridgestone exec indictments are latest step in a billion-dollar price-fixing case
Why is O.P.E.C Not investigated and charges brought against it and it's member companies? It sounds exactly the same...

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

New transportation companies come to Cleveland
Ride-sharing companies are breaking laws and regulations every day. From regulatory fee evasion to use of smartphone while driving (and even two smartphones(!) ...

Cleveland anti-poverty agency executive resigns amid financial probe
That committee won't be too independent. He plans to stay on until after the new appointee is chosen.

How can you wipe a criminal record clean?
Great article! NO CLINIC in May 2014, however, because it's graduation month for students For the next dates of the FREE Legal Clinic to help with Expungment,...

Drilling remains suspended while ODNR investigates NE Ohio earthquakes
Flaring and lights, so has all been halted? Also, smell of HS2 and sounds of an auger/drilling/water rushing underground. So, has all been halted? In light of t...

Will the Ohio River carry fracking wastewater?
Texas $ vs. WV citizens . Who will our governor listen to?

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University