Cradle Cincinnati, Good Sam awarded $5M grant to help combat infant mortality rates

    Cradle Cincinnati Connections works to reduce infant mortality rates. Now, thanks to a generous grant, mothers in more than a dozen neighborhoods in the Tri-State will get much-needed support right where they live. (WKRC)

    CINCINNATI (WKRC) - This week, thanks in part to Jill Miller and a group called bi3, Bethesda Inc,'s initiative to transform health, Cradle Cincinnati and Good Samaritan Hospital is getting a huge boost to expand a program.

    bi3 is awarding $3.68 million in a new grant to TriHealth’s Good Samaritan OB-GYN Center and $1.6 million in funding to Cradle Cincinnati to expand efforts to reduce infant deaths and improve health outcomes for mothers and babies.

    By working with families in Avondale, the community went from having one of the highest rates of extreme preterm births in the country, to having no extreme preterm births at all.

    So now, Cradle Cincinnati is going to take a place-based approach and go to 12 Cincinnati neighborhoods to listen to mothers and see what they need. By meeting early on in a pregnancy with a mother-to-be, they can take a personal approach to first getting her a prenatal care appointment and then connecting her with a team of social workers and other providers.

    The idea is if a problem arises between appointments, like a housing or employment problem or if the mother needs a crib, they can bring those things directly to her home. Cradle Cincinnati hopes this is a model that can be shared across the country because infant mortality isn't just an issue here in Cincinnati.

    bi3 will track results, but they will also be flexible about how they measure those in each community. Every mother, baby and neighborhood will help design the expansion of this success.

    At the same time, the Good Samaritan OB-GYN Center will expand the mom-centered approach to all moms seeking prenatal care and connection to community services at one central location.

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