bi3 Awards more than $5 Million in New Grants to Reduce Infant Deaths
We are excited to announce that bi3 is awarding $3.68 million in a new grant to TriHealth’s Good Samaritan OB-GYN Center and $1.6 million in funding to Cradle Cincinnati to expand efforts to reduce infant deaths and improve health outcomes for mothers and babies.
TriHealth’s Good Samaritan OB-GYN Center will expand the mom-centered approach to all moms seeking prenatal care and connection to community services at one central location. At the same time, Cradle Cincinnati will expand via a place-based method, engaging with moms where they live, building trust and linking them to services they need.
“This investment builds on the success of an innovative approach to prenatal care piloted in Avondale to reduce extreme preterm birth, the leading cause of infant death,” said Jill Miller, President, Bethesda Inc. “Avondale went from having one of the highest rates of extreme preterm birth in the county, to having no extreme preterm births at all. This gives us and others around the country hope.”
Fueled by a $1.6 million bi3 grant, Cradle Cincinnati is expanding the learnings from the Avondale pilot to 12 zip codes that account for 40 percent of all extreme preterm births in Cincinnati. Known as Cradle Cincinnati Connections, teams made up of community health workers, social workers and nurse case managers will be embedded in local neighborhoods and will provide services to approximately 1,800 pregnant moms over the next three years. Cradle will work in closely with TriHealth’s Good Samaritan OB-GYN Center, UC Health and other local care providers and community-based organizations.
bi3 also awarded a three-year, companion $3.68 million grant to fundamentally change how care is delivered at TriHealth’s Good Samaritan OB-GYN Center. Similar to Cradle Cincinnati, the center will adopt a patient-centered, team-based approach that connects each patient with a consistent care team and community resources to achieve better health outcomes. The goal is to provide responsive, high-quality care, increase early access to prenatal care, improve birth outcomes, provide evidence-based training for care teams, and address social barriers to health through community partnerships.
bi3 Partners with Local 12 to Launch the “Transforming Health” Series
bi3 and Local 12/WKRC-TV will collaborate over the next several months to present a new series called “Transforming Health.” Together we’re highlighting new ways our community partners are thinking differently to improve health in our region.
Be sure to tune in and share with your networks! We’ll be adding all Local 12’s stories to a new special section of our website.