Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!
For years, Hamilton County has had the dubious distinction of having the second highest infant mortality rate in the nation. That’s slowly changing, thanks in part to the efforts of organizations like the Ohio Equity Institute (OEI), which is committed to improving birth outcomes.
Women’s Center-Forest Park (WC-FP) has joined the fight and is partnering with local OEI organization Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH) to provide education aimed at reducing infant mortality rates in the 45240 zip code, where WC-FP is located.
This summer, OEI is offering educational classes for expecting parents at WC-FP. Topics covered include identifying a safe place for infants to sleep, goal setting, life planning, and developing healthy family eating habits.
“The classes were extremely beneficial, and we’ve received nothing but positive feedback from clients,” said Leah Steverson, manager of Women’s Center-FP. “Clients learned strategies to help prevent Sudden Infant Death syndrome (SIDS), and class participants without a safe place for their baby to sleep were eligible to receive one of several portable “Pack N’ Play” cribs provided by OEI.”
For its part, OEI has been nothing but impressed with the WC-FP team. “Leah’s been a great support…the partnership will continue” said Sydney Battle, OEI coordinator with HCPH. The feeling’s mutual. “It’s a huge blessing to be able to partner with OEI,” said Steverson. “Because I think teamwork makes the dream work.” We couldn’t agree more. Way to go Leah!