Infant Mortality Rates

Ohio’s infant mortality rate is dismal, near the bottom among all states. As the Ohio Department of Health this week holds a summit to focus attention on the problem, a children’s hospital in Central Ohio has turned to some adult medications to keep more premature infants alive.

In 2013, state lawmakers and health officials toured Ohio, gathering information about the state’s high infant mortality rate. On Wednesday, state senators introduced five new bills to combat the situation. 

Ohio has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation and Republican State Senator Shannon Jones of Springboro says a high infant death rate is a red flag. 

“A state's infant mortality rate is much like the canary that goes down into the coal mine," Jones said. "It’s an indicator of the overall health and wellness of mothers and children in the communities.” 

Jerry Kenney

Dayton Children’s Hospital and Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County both hosted events Thursday centered around Ohio’s high infant mortality rate.  Ohio has one of the highest rates of infant deaths in the country. Health officials and politicians alike want that to change. 

During a two-hour session at Children’s Hospital, about 40 healthcare professionals and state legislators discussed some of the reasons for high infant deaths in the state. 

Roundtable discussions on infant mortality rates continue in Dayton Thursday, and members of the Ohio Senate, public health officials and health professionals in Dayton will gather with a common purpose in mind – to lower infant death rates in Ohio.

According to officials at Dayton Children’s Hospital, in Montgomery County one infant dies every 4-6 weeks.

It’s a statewide problem. Ohio has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. 

Members of the Ohio Senate Committee on Medicaid, Health, and Human Services and other health professionals from around the state will be in Cincinnati Thursday to discuss how to improve Ohio’s infant mortality rate.