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Farewell, Welcome, & Upcoming Events

19 Jan


WIVN would like to thank Anne Packham for her work as coordinator on the Fetal Infant Mortality Reveiw (FIMR) Team.  Anne has relocated to Florida.  We wish her well!


Nancy Steinberg Warren is the new coordinator for FIMR Team.  We look forward to working with Nancy in her new role.

Upcoming Events

The Office of Maternal and Infant Health and Infant Mortality Reduction (OMIHIMR) Board has invited participation in two planning sessions for Hamilton County’s infant mortality reduction initiative.  Input from community leaders will help to establish the community wide vision, clearly define the role and strategic intent for OMIHIMR, and formulate the appropriate structure and financial plan for OMIHIMR to achieve the goal of reducing Hamilton County’s infant mortality rate of 10.6 down to the national rate of 6.7. 

The first session will be held on Friday, January 27th from 8:00 am – 12:00 noon at Hamilton County Public Health – 250 William H. Taft Road –Conference Room.  The second session will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 8:00 am – 12 noon in the Community Room – BD1.501 on the first floor of the Herald Building – 3440 Burnet Avenue.  For more information contact

REAL Women Leadership Team Meeting
Date:  Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm
Location:  Hamilton County Public Health, 250 William H. Taft Road.

Open to the Public – The REAL Women of Cincinnati are Inviting You!
Date:  Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 8:00 am to 12oo noon.
Location:  Hamilton County Public Health, 250 William H. Taft Road – Large Community Room.  
Event:  The Sister Collection – a gathering of girl-serving organizations.  Sharing resources, talent and expertise that will elevate and empower girls in our community.


WIVN Awarded 2012 Community Grant from March of Dimes Ohio Chapter

14 Jan

Women & Infant Vitality Network has been awarded a $30,000 2012 Community Grant from the March of Dimes Ohio Chapter.  These funds will support the Women & Infant Vitality Network CenteringPregnancy Expansion program.  The March of Dimes recommends the CenteringPregnancy model as it has been shown to be an effective form of prenatal care that produces good outcomes and patient satisfaction.  Win-Med – Winton Hills Medical Center, will receive training in early 2012 to offer Centering as their model of prenatal care.  The Med-Peds Department of University Hospital will also receive training to improve interconception care for women and well baby care through the CenteringParenting model.  


We look forward to positive outcomes as a result of this investment by the March of Dimes in the expansion of Centering in Hamilton County.


REAL Women of Cincinnati

15 Nov

WOMEN & INFANT VITALITY NETWORK has formed an initiative in response to findings from the Rise Sister Rise Research Study conducted with African American girls in four Ohio cities.  REAL Women of Cincinnati began on July 25, 1011, when Cynthia Smith, Director of Women & Infant Vitality Network, gathered a group of women to hear the facts about women’s health and infant mortality in Hamilton County, review the findings of the Rise Sister Rise study, and discuss the potential for using this information to improve birth outcomes among African American women in Hamilton County.  The group decided to draw from their own experiences of resiliency and use community connections to engage and support Hamilton County girls in the promotion of physical, mental and spiritual health and wellness activities.    

Since July, the REAL Women initiative has mobilized two dozen women with diverse areas of expertise and a desire to give back.  They have begun to compile an inventory of girls’ programs and services in preparation for a Networking Resource Fair, and arranged for a Rise Sister Rise Data sharing session on Friday, November 18, 2011.      

For more information contact:  Cynthia.Smith@hamilton-co.orgor call (513) 946-7901. 

REAL Women of Cincinnati Participants 

          “REAL – Reaching out to Elevate and Advocate for Love of self”

 Cynthia Smith                                                Karen Bankston

Laura Ford-Harris                                         A.J. Office

Ruby Crawford-Hemphill                              Terresa Adams

Tracy Stillwell                                                Evelyn Sears

Monica Burns                                                Gail Lewis

Phylesha White                                              Faye McEwen

Lisa May Evans                                             Rev. Almetric Terry

Anita Brentley                                                Kim Sullivan

Stephanie Byrd                                              Terri Betts

Gwen Robinson-Benning                               Willie Rose Haywood-Alexander

Annie Ruth                                                     Toilynn O’Neal

Monica Mitchell                                            Jenny Laster

Just-ArNetta                                                  Melissa Graves

Tammie Pavlik-Maus                                    Belinda Carter

Healthy Beginnings Helps Reduce Low Birth Weight Babies

28 Sep

In addition to providing faith based one on one prenatal care to the un or under-insured, Healthy Beginnings is  participating in centering prenatal care services.  This service is partially sponsored by the March of Dimes.  Watch and read more… 

Putting Babies ‘Back to Sleep’ Helps Save Lives

16 Sep

WCPO explores the best ways to put your baby to sleep.  Read more….

September Activities

7 Sep



September 3rd  12-4pm @ Corinthian Baptist ChurchCommunity Celebration in Bond Hill

  •  Infant Mortality Display and information on Safe Sleep
  •  Breastfeeding and A Healthy Baby Begins with You brochures 

September 10th  12-4pm @ Lincoln Heights Baptist Church – Family Day

  •  Infant Mortality Display and information on Safe Sleep
  •  Breastfeeding and A Healthy Baby Begins with You brochures 

September 12 – 30th  Daily 9-5 @ Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency

  • Infant Mortality Display and information on Safe Sleep,
  • Breastfeeding and A Healthy Baby Begins with You brochures 

September 13th 11:00 am @ Pregnancy Care Coalition Meeting

  • Outreach on behalf of Perinatal Community Action Team (PCAT)
  • Promotion of preconception health and reproductive life planning 

September 16th  1:30pm @ Winton Hills Mothering Support Network – Winton Hills Academy

  • Group Level Assessment using infant mortality facts and myths
  • Mothers interpret their own data – “voice” of the community is heard

Please share with colleagues, friends and family.



25 Jun

The Women & Infant Vitality Network works with the community to raise awareness of the importance of preconception health and uses evidence-based practices to reduce infant mortality rates in Hamilton County.