Program is Keeping More Babies Alive

With infant mortality rates more typical of the developing world than a leading industrialized country, the Cincinnati region is counting on Every Child Succeeds to help keep more babies alive.

Every Child Succeeds is working to reduce infant mortality and improve brain development in children up to 3 years old by targeting high-risk pregnant and new mothers from troubled backgrounds through home visitation programs. The program originated with the United Way, Cincinnati Children’s and the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. In the 14 years since workers began visiting homes of at-risk mothers, the program has served 18,000 mothers and another 18,000 infants.

Infant mortality rates are dramatically lower for women taking part in Every Child Succeeds. It has reduced the infant mortality rate for its participating first-time mothers to 4.7 deaths before age 1 per 1,000 live births – below the U.S. rate of 6.1, and dramatically less than Cincinnati’s rate of 13.4 and Kenton and Campbell counties’ rates of 12.4 and 10.8, respectively.

The program serves as a national model and has been replicated around the country.

Read more about the impact of Every Child Succeeds in The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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