bi3 began fueling efforts to reduce infant mortality in Hamilton County nearly a decade ago by funding an unprecedented collaboration between competing health care systems and community-based organizations. The goal was to develop a new model of care that places mom and baby at the center, surrounding them with the resources and support they need to have a healthy birth.
Today, our funded partner Cradle Cincinnati reports that Hamilton County has realized a record low infant mortality rate for 2020 with fewer Black baby deaths than ever before. Cradle Cincinnati is engaging and working with moms to accelerate efforts and find new solutions to old problems.
Recently, Jill Miller sat down with Dr. Meredith Shockley-Smith, the Director of Community Strategies for Cradle Cincinnati, for an in-depth discussion about the importance of building trust and working with moms to reduce infant mortality in Greater Cincinnati.