Ohio Department of Medicaid Joins Forces with Cradle Cincinnati to Combat Infant Mortality

The Ohio Department of Medicaid has awarded Cradle Cincinnati $2.1 million in funding over the next two years to organize new efforts to combat infant mortality in Hamilton County. The funding will be used to serve 1,000 new pregnant women with proven support strategies through 5 experienced agencies: Health Care Access Now, Healthy Moms […]

Cincinnati must promote infant safe sleep to every family by Dr. Sam Hanke

For years, Hamilton County has lost more babies before their first birthday than it should. Preterm birth, birth defects and unsafe sleep continue to be the three leading causes of infant death each year. Of these, sleep-related deaths are the most preventable and can be avoided by making simple changes in how your baby […]

Celebrating moms in Cincinnati with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

All moms deserve to be celebrated; however, many of our most vulnerable moms have never had a baby shower. Once we learned this, we knew we had to do something. In celebration of Mother’s Day, Cradle Cincinnati held a community baby shower in partnership with UnitedHealthcare (UHC) Community Plan for the mothers of Crossroad […]

Closing Cincinnati’s diaper gap with Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank

Over a year ago I read an article about a diaper bank out West and thought to myself, “That’s great! But…why does a diaper bank even exist?” At the time, I didn’t realize that food stamps, WIC and Medicaid do not cover diapers. And the more I poked around, the more I understood the […]

Honoring Moms This Mother’s Day

Our moms may live in the Queen City, but unfortunately not all of these mothers will be given their much-deserved tiara this Mother’s Day. What better time to let our moms know that they are loved, supported and appreciated than on their special day? Here’s how you can help Cradle Cincinnati honor our moms […]

New survey: 1 in 4 Hamilton County residents don’t know that babies sleep safest on their backs

In the 1990’s, the federal government formally changed the recommendation for infant sleep from stomach sleeping to back sleeping with a national  “Back to Sleep” campaign. With that change, sleep-related infant deaths quickly fell by more than half in the US. But, a recent survey conducted by Cradle Cincinnati and the UC Institute for […]

Hamilton County Infant Mortality Rate Stubbornly High, But Slowly Improving

Our county lost 99 babies before their first birthday in 2015. This means that our provisional 2015 infant mortality rate continues a multi-year trend of slowly improving, but stubbornly high rates. Since 2011, 9.3 Hamilton County babies have died for every 1,000 born. These recent years represent historic lows for Hamilton County with more than […]

What do Cincinnatians know about infant mortality?

At the end of 2015, Cradle Cincinnati partnered with the University of Cincinnati Institute for Policy Research to conduct a random digital dial phone survey of Hamilton County. Our goal was to assess Hamilton County’s knowledge of infant mortality with a specific focus on our three concentration areas: infant safe sleep, maternal smoking cessation, […]

Cradle Cincinnati Supports the Cincinnati Chapter of Black Girls RUN!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4 out of 5 African American women are overweight or obese in the United States. For Toni Carey and Ashely Hicks-Rocha, co-founders of Black Girls RUN!, this statistic was simply unacceptable. Toni and Ashely founded Black Girls RUN!, a national women’s running group, in 2009 […]

The holidays, Cradle Cincinnati Connections-style

Cradle Cincinnati Connections is in full-on holiday mode, partnering with local organizations to create Christmas memories for families on Cincinnati’s west side.


Last week, the Connections team joined Childhood Food Solutions and an army of volunteers to pack bags of food for local children over the holiday break.


Nearly 1,300 bags will be delivered to […]