infant mortality

Newborn baby in incubator
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Ohio has ranked near the bottom of all the states when it comes to the number of babies who die in their first year of life. The state’s infant mortality rate is dropping, but there’s still a big racial gap.

Dr. Amy Acton heads the Ohio Department of Health.
Karen Kasler

Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed budget includes a provision that would bring the state less revenue – but it’s not a tax cut.

Dr. Amy Acton and Gov. Mike DeWine shake hands after she was sworn in as Director of the Ohio Department of Health.
Karen Kasler

Gov. Mike DeWine has filled the final position open in his cabinet, which is likely the most diverse in state history.

Karen Kasler

The Republican candidate for governor has released what he says is a plan to invest in Ohio’s kids, families and future. But Democrats are saying his record shows he can’t be trusted on this.

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The state is working with community leaders trying to find ways to curb the infant mortality crisis. A new report shows that 1,024 babies died before their first birthday last year. That’s a 1.9% increase from the previous year.

Karen Kasler

As Gov. John Kasich prepares to deliver his statewide address on the State of the State, a coalition of union and community groups is pointing out issues where Ohio is trailing the rest of the nation. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Ohio health leaders are trying to pinpoint a variety of services to help bring down the number of infant deaths in the state every year. But dismal new statistics prove there’s still a long way to go.

Jo Ingles

The Ohio Senate has passed a bill aimed at preventing infant mortality. One of the sponsors of the legislation, Republican Senator Shannon Jones, says a lot of research and collaboration went into the bill.

“The bottom line is we are trying to focus and target our efforts in those proven and evidence based interventions to sort of scale those interventions so that we can actually, in a way that’s meaningful and timely, improve those outcomes.”

After months of being away to campaign, the Ohio Senate is coming back to the Statehouse next week to vote on a bill that tackles the state’s poor infant mortality rate. 


The state is working with urban community leaders to pinpoint specific ways of cutting down on the infant mortality rate. 

Jo Ingles

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would give most employees in Ohio up to 12 weeks of paid family leave each year.