These areas are home to 22 percent of the babies who die (and 30 percent of the non-white babies), though they include just 9 percent of the county’s residents and about 12 percent of births, according to Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.
The institute is analyzing data for the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force, a group of community leaders who began working this year on plans to improve the outlook for babies born here.
South Linden is the worst off, with a rate of 23.5 infant deaths per 1,000 live births between 2007 and 2011. That’s almost three times the county’s rate of 8.6 for the same time frame. The Near East Side (18.4) and the Hilltop (17.1) are home to the second- and third-worst pockets, respectively.