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The state’s largest health system will be the official health care partner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), providing services at tournaments and championship events for the next three years. And the partnership goes beyond sports-related injuries.

The state agency that oversees gambling addiction services in Ohio is expecting a spike in calls to the state's problem gambling helpline this month. 

“We have more gambling at certain times of the year,” head of the Bureau of Problem Gambling Services, Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson. “March is one of them.” 

African American babies in Akron die before their first birthday at double the rate of white babies. Public health advocates gathered Tuesday at the third annual Health Equity Summit to address the disparity.

Northeast Ohio continues to have some of the healthiest counties in the state, and some of the least healthy, divided largely along urban/suburban lines.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual county health rankings released Tuesday shows that the Northeast Ohio counties struggling the most with health issues are two largely rural counties: Ashtabula and Trumbull. Each has worsening rates of poverty, premature death, adult obesity, sexually transmitted infections and a lack of primary care physicians.

Across much of the Midwest, maternal and infant death rates are high—especially among African-Americans. So doctors, public health agencies and non-profit organizations are searching for solutions.

Among them is Sistering CU in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. It offers free home visits from trained volunteers to families with babies up to six months in age. It also recently launched a support group for new parents.


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