Moms2B and Columbus Urban League

During SFY 2016-17, the Commission funded a pilot program with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Moms2B Program and the Columbus Urban League (CUL) aimed at decreasing Ohio’s alarmingly high infant mortality rate which is 23% higher than the national average. (Ohio ranks second to last in the country for infant mortality) .

   

Moms2B and CUL offered expectant and new parents a community-wide comprehensive prenatal and first-year-of-life program. The classes were offered weekly at four locations in Columbus’ poorest neighborhoods. Using a positive approach and surrounding pregnant and new moms and dads with the support, education and the resources they need to be a better parent, Moms2B and CUL seek to decrease the high rate of infant mortality in Ohio.

   

Fathers encouraging breastfeeding, not smoking and practicing safe sleep with their babies have been shown to have a direct positive impact in reducing infant mortality.

 

If you would like to learn more, please contact David Fluellen at the Columbus Urban League, 614-257-600 ext. 343

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