With support from the Kiwanis Club of Columbus, the Ohio AAP is proud to announce the launch of our new podcast series, Infant Mortality After COVID-19: Saving Lives Through Family Health. This new limited podcast series will center on addressing infant mortality through health disparities and engaging minoritized communities. While Ohio has seen decreases in infant mortality over the past 5 years, the state rate remains above the Healthy People 2020 goal of 6.0 deaths per 1,000 live births. Of even more concern is the widening racial disparity in infant mortality for Ohio; in 2019 the white infant mortality rate (IMR) rate decreased to 5.1 (from 5.4) while the black IMR rose to 14.3 (from 13.9). This frightening fact means that black infants are almost three times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies.
Hosted by Dr. Jordee Wells and joined by a panel of experts including Dr. Arthur James, Dr. Kierra Barnett, and Dr. Valencia Walker – this 3-part series aims to address infant mortality by examining current data trends, analyzing the historical impact, and discussing solutions, advocacy, and structural changes in a round table format discussion.
Listen now by visiting here or find this podcast and The Ohio AAP’s podcast library is now available on the streaming apps you use most! By searching “Ohio AAP” you can now listen to our podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, or Amazon Music!