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VISION:  All Akron moms will deliver at full term and every Akron baby will celebrate a  first birthday.

MISSION: Full Term First Birthday Akron will educate and inform our citizens of programs available in the community that promote healthy full term pregnancies and ensure every child celebrates a first birthday.

PRIORITY AREAS

  1. ADDRESS STRUCTURAL RACISM AND SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF  HEALTH:

Address Structural Racism and the blind spots that interplay between race, equity and infant mortality by advancing a consistent, evidence-based cultural competence and implicit bias curriculum across service sectors.

  • Health and Social Services, Education and Workforce Development 
  • Financial Empowerment Initiatives
  • Housing Initiatives

 

  1. REDUCE PREMATURITY:  
  • According to Ohio Medicaid data, Summit County had the highest preterm birth rate in 2016 and ranked the 4th highest in infant deaths in 2015.
  • Preterm birth and infant death rates for African American babies were  nearly double that of white babies in all Akron zip codes. 
  • The goal is to decrease the number of African American premature births  and infant deaths to 50% by 2025.
    • Healthy Pregnancy
    • Fatherhood Involvement
    • Progesterone
    • Birth Spacing

 

  1. ELIMINATE SLEEP-RELATED DEATHS:
  • Akron had 4 sleep related deaths in 2016.  Our goal is to have ZERO sleep related deaths.  Our action will be to educate families and provide cribs to those who cannot afford them.
  • Continue to educate expectant parents about the ABC’s of Safe Sleep 

 

 

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