- Invest in social determinants of health, including housing, transportation and nutrition.
- Fund community-based organizations working to improve maternal health outcomes.
- Grow and diversify the medical workforce caring for moms and babies.
- Improve data collection to better understand the causes of maternal death.
- Support moms with maternal mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
- Improve maternal health care and support for incarcerated moms.
- Invest in digital tools like telehealth.
Charleta Tavares, CEO of Columbus Neighborhood Health Center with Primary One Health and a former state senator, said during a joint news call with Brown on Wednesday that the benefits of these measures to society and the economy in the long-term far outweigh any initial costs.
Two representatives from Ohio are co-sponsors of the bill package in the House: Rep. Joyce Beatty (D) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D).
Maternal and infant mortality go hand in hand. As part of the Dayton Daily News’ Path Forward: Race and Equity project, this Sunday’s edition will include articles digging into our region’s high rate of Black infant mortality and solutions to the problem.