Infant Mortality in Ohio

Download the Kirwan Issue Brief: Infant Mortality in Ohio (PDF)

Infant mortality is the rate at which babies die within their first year of life. Infant mortality is a measure that can be used to gauge the trends in women and child health, the quality and availability of medical care, public health practices, and the economy overall.


baby-handOhio lags the nation in our infant mortality rates. In 2010, Ohio had the 4th highest infant mortality rate in the nation, the 14th highest rate for White infants and the 2nd highest rate for black infants. While infant mortality rates have declined 12% nationally between 2005 and 2011, Ohio’s infant mortality rate has remained relatively stagnant.

Within the state of Ohio there are health disparities in infant mortality rates. Black infants are twice as likely to die in Ohio during their first year of life compared to white infants—2012 rates of infant mortality were 13.98 per 1,000 live births among black infants and 6.37 per 1,000 live births among white infants.

Read the full article at


Director of Research Jason is the director of research for the Kirwan Institute, directing the Institute’s multimillion dollar annual research portfolio. He acts as an advisor and capacity builder to foundations, non-profits, community organizations and government agencies on issues related to community development, social equity in planning, civic engagement, GIS, and health equity. Jason was formerly the director of the Opportunity Communities Program at the Kirwan Institute and co-developed the opportunity mapping methodology with john a. powell, a methodology which has been adopted or utilized by more than dozens of non-profit, public sector and philanthropic partners and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Jason’s professional experience includes organizational management, program administration, project management, program development, grant writing, strategic planning, research & policy consultation. He has managed and developed $5 million in grant and contract research since 2007 and has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector and public sector at the city, regional and state level, experience acting as a facilitator. Jason is also an adjunct faculty and lecturer, having taught eleven undergraduate and graduate courses, focused on social equity in planning, at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University.