Ohio Funding Six Projects in Dayton Area to Combat Infant Mortality

The Ohio Department of Medicaid has announced new investments in six community initiatives in Montgomery County aimed at reducing infant mortality.  The initiatives identify innovative projects that will connect women and infants to quality health care and care management. 

Through the EveryOne Reach One Infant Mortality Task Force, Ohio Department of Medicaid has awarded a $3,177,387 grant to help reduce the number of babies who die before their first birthday.

“We are excited to learn about additional resources coming to Montgomery County to help us in our fight to reduce the infant mortality rate in our community,” said Terra Williams, Director of Health Promotion, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. “This new funding will go a long way to help support the collaborative effort of the EveryOne Reach One Infant Mortality Task Force.”

In 2016, 45 babies died before their first birthday, and Montgomery County’s infant mortality rate overall was 6.8. The leading causes of infant deaths are due to premature births, birth defects, and safe sleep practices. Also, there is a historical disparity in the number of deaths, with black babies dying at a rate of 2.5 more than white babies.

“To see a meaningful reduction in infant deaths we will need a community-wide collaborative effort that touches on all aspects of the problem,” said Williams. “Through our partnerships, we will see new and expanded services to help both mother and child before, during and after the pregnancy.”

Through EveryOne Reach One, Ohio Medicaid awarded funding to support the following proposals:

  • Home visiting will be increased for pregnant women in targeted communities through services provided Help Me Grow Brighter Futures.

Total Funding Amount: $2,173,940.00


  • Five Rivers Health Center and Lifestages Centers for Women will enhance patient-centered prenatal care with the expansion of their CenteringPreganacy programs. 

Total Funding Amount: $457,260.00 with Five Rivers receiving $112,260 and Lifestages Centers for Women receiving $345,000


  • Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley in partnership with The West Dayton Health Promotion Partnership will implement the Family Wellness Community Health Worker Program.  The Family Wellness Community Health Worker program will increase the peer to peer support tailored to meet the unique needs of their communities.

Total Funding:  $176, 637.00


  • Miami Valley Organizing Collaborative in partnership with the faith base organizations will create the Community Hope Project.  The Community Hope Project will be training ministry leaders in the Peer Health Leadership program to become Health Ambassadors.  Another component of the project is the First Ladies Health Initiative of Montgomery. The First Ladies Health Initiative is national program sponsored by Walgreens.  The project will launch of an historic, city-wide health day to provide information and screenings. 

Total Funding: $156,250


  • Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services Fatherhood initiative will work with Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery, Five Rivers Health Center, The West Dayton Health Promotion, and Urban Light Ministries to create Every Parent Matter program.  Every Parent Matters is a partnership of fatherhood programs in Montgomery County aim to connect fathers with each other and to services available in the community. 

Total Funding:  $213,300.00

Total Medicaid investment for the EveryOne Reach One Infant Mortality Task Force is $3,177,387.