COUNTY PREMATURE BIRTH RATES DROP IN 2020
For the past two decades, the leading contributing factor to infant deaths in our region has been prematurity. One of First Year Cleveland's
priorities is to decrease extreme prematurity in our community and ensure that more babies live to see their first birthday. Results to date are promising as 2020 preliminary data shows an 11.4 preterm birth rate — the lowest rate reported since 2015 which was 14.9! But — we still have work to do as racial disparities persist and the goal for 2020 is to reduce the rate to less than 10 percent.
Better Health Partnership
and FYC Action Team 4 members are focusing on this issue by actively:
- Conducting Learning Circle programs with birth hospital clinical teams
- Improving access to prenatal care and timely interventions to help prevent preterm birth
- Addressing social determinants impacting expectant parents by referring pregnant mothers to results-driven interventions like home visiting and the Better Health Pathways Community HUB
The drop in rates is largely due to the combined efforts of all First Year Cleveland activists mobilizing the community to do better and their strategies are working. Thank you to all for your dedication to saving our babies in Cuyahoga County!