Safe sleep mini-grants available

Mini-grants for safe sleep outreach are available from our friends at SID Network of Ohio. These grants are perfect for neighborhood and community groups looking to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Funds should be used for educational initiatives in the state of Ohio that […]

Partnership is the key to reducing infant deaths

For years, one of the reasons for our elevated infant mortality rate in Hamilton County has been far too many babies dying from sleep-related causes. This most frequently looks like an adult falling asleep next to an infant and rolling over on the baby. Since 2007, it has happened an average of 16 times […]

Local cost of preterm birth exceeds $400 million

Today we announced the results of an economic impact study on the local cost of preterm birth. With a total impact of over $400 million each year, costs include:

$93.6 million in initial hospital costs.
$13.1 million in additional K-12 educational costs.
$294.8 million in “lost” income for Hamilton County residents.

“We’ve long known that the medical costs of […]

Cincinnati Children’s opens new smoking cessation support clinic

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center recently opened their new smoking cessation clinic, led by Dr. Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, an emergency department physician. Individual counseling sessions and comprehensive quit plans will be available to assist anyone ready to take the next step in living a smoke-free life.

Our annual report shows that smoking at any point during […]

We should fund public health messaging as the same level tobacco companies fund their marketing campaigns by Todd Portune

Advertising works. It works in politics, it works when a local store promotes a big sale, and it also works when we focus on changing health behaviors through public health messaging.  For instance, study after study has shown that mass media campaigns aimed at reducing smoking rates are effective – but only when they […]

Announcing our 2014 “Champions for Change” winners

We are delighted to announce our first ever “Champions for Change” winners – individuals who are partnering to help lower our community’s infant mortality rate. This diverse group – which includes a pastor, a pediatrician, a nurse practitioner, an epidemiologist, and a community health worker – demonstrates the fact that everyone can play a role […]

Price Hill: Want to improve your neighborhood? Apply for a BBZ Mini-grant.

Price Hill is a great neighborhood, and together, we can make it even better.
The health of every baby, every mother, and every resident in Price Hill is affected by our neighborhood’s environment, opportunities, and experiences. Best Babies Zone (BBZ) believes that holistic neighborhood improvements – addressing education, health, business, and more – can strengthen our […]

October is Safe Sleep for Babies Month

From 2010-2013, Hamilton County had 66 infant deaths related to unsafe sleep conditions. We can change this.  By working together as a community, we can promote, educate, and connect families to resources that will enable safe sleep practices.

Phenomenal work is already happening in our community, thanks to the efforts of partner agencies and organizations.
Kroger […]

Read our recent editorial in the Cincinnati Enquirer

For more than 25 years, I have had the privilege of caring for thousands of preterm infants at Cincinnati Children’s. Their will to survive is humbling, and it inspires my commitment to their treatment. Still, too many do not live to see their first birthday. This is why I believe it is imperative that […]

2014 “Champions for Change” Awards: Call for Nominations

In recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, we’re announcing our first-ever Cradle Cincinnati “Champions for Change” awards. Help us celebrate those fighting for our moms and babies by submitting a nomination for your favorite champion. From pastors to nurses, teachers to social workers, hairdressers to doctors: we can all make a difference.

Nominations are open […]