bi3 awarded a $3.2 million, three-year grant to a first-ever collaboration between Every Child Succeeds, Cincinnati Children’s and TriHealth to tackle infant mortality rates in Hamilton County – one of America’s highest.
The resulting program, StartStrong, developed a unique mom-centered approach that proved effective in delivering strong outcomes in an Avondale pilot.
Community health leaders credit StartStrong in decreasing the rate of extreme preterm births (less than 28 weeks gestation) from 1.79% to 0% and preterm births from 7 visits per 100 infants per month to 4.5, a more than 35% reduction. This corresponds with an infant mortality rate decline of 59%, with Avondale improving faster than any other urban neighborhood.
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