State Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) announced that state leaders have joined health advocates to start the latest phase in Ohio's fight to reduce its high infant mortality rate. The Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality met today to hear testimony and establish a timeline for developing recommendations to improve the state's efforts to prevent infant deaths.
"The Commission is a great way for children's advocates to form a united voice that ensures that preventative resources are available to protect Ohio's most precious citizens," said Uecker.
Senator Uecker co-sponsored Senate Bill 276 last year, which established the Commission and directs the group to prepare a written report of its findings and recommendations for the Governor and General Assembly.
The Commission is made up of various representatives from state agencies, Ohio hospitals, community-based programs. Legislative members of the Commission include Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) and Representative Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard).
The Commission will meet regularly to take inventory of state programs and funding streams available to address the crisis of infant deaths in Ohio, which ranks 46th in the nation for overall infant mortality.
Director McCarthy from the Ohio Department of Medicaid and Director Dawson from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health each delivered presentations at today's meeting, summarized the agencies' ongoing efforts, funding needs and goals related to infant mortality.