About Us

Women and Infant Vitality Network

The Office of Maternal and Infant Health and Infant Mortality Reduction was created in October 2008. It is jointly established and funded by the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to address the high infant mortality rate in Hamilton County. This project is commonly referred to as the Women and Infant Vitality Network or WIVN.

 Hamilton County Commission President Todd Portune discusses the creation of  WIVN.

Office of Maternal and Infant Health and Infant Mortality Reduction  (OMIHIMR) 

Goal

Reduce the Hamilton County Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) to below the national average of 6.7 per 1000 live births by June 2013.  The 2008 Hamilton CountyIMRwith 131 deaths was 11.1.  The 2010 Hamilton CountyIMRwith 116 deaths stands at 10.5.  

Mission

Integrate infant mortality reduction efforts through coalition building, data sharing; public awareness and community wide improvements in preconception/inter-conception health, prenatal care, and the first year of life of infants. 

Data Sharing

Hamilton County Public Health and CCHMC track and publish a monthly maternal and infant health surveillance report located on the Hamilton County Public Health website.

Coalitions

  • Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Team – Cincinnati Health Dept. – Committee of Hamilton County Child Fatality Review – Nancy Steinberg Warren, Coordinator  
  • Perinatal Community Action Team (PCAT)- Cynthia Smith, Coordinator  

Public Awareness, Community Engagement & Education (PACE)

  • Annual Infant Mortality Awareness Conferences (2010 – 2011)
  • Infant Mortality Awareness Video
  • Preconception Peer Education Program
  • Head Start Experience of Care Research Project

Quality Improvement Projects

  • CenteringPregnancy® Prenatal Care at Christ Hospital Prenatal Clinic,UniversityHospitalCenterfor Women’s Health, and Healthy Beginnings.
  • OylerSchoolBasedHealthCenter, Preconception Pathway Project;
  • Early Access to Prenatal Care Project  – Cincinnati Health Department, Center for Women’s Health, and Healthy Beginnings.
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