Recommendations adopted to reduce infant mortality


After six months of meetings and sifting through data, the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force adopted eight recommendations aimed at helping babies live beyond their first birthday.

The task force, which met June 25 at Columbus Public Health, laid out a plan that would significantly reduce the local infant mortality rate by 2020.

Officials say it’s a somber statistic: three babies die in Franklin County every week, about 150 a year.

“I know we all believe that number is unacceptable,” said Andy Ginther, president of Columbus City Council and a member of the task force.

The recommendations cover a wide swath of medical and social interventions, such as reducing maternal and household smoking, which are a leading cause of preventable infant mortality.