ODH Launches Program To Raise Infant Mortality Awareness

UPDATED: Monday April 14, 2014 6:15 PM

The Ohio Department of Health announced the launch of a statewide awareness campaign to help reduce the number of Ohio babies who die in unsafe sleep environments.

Officials say three Ohio babies die in unsafe sleep environments each week, with 819 infant deaths from 2007-2011.

The campaign aims to educate mothers, fathers and grandparents in high-rate infant mortality areas of Ohio on the importance of putting their babies to sleep using the ABCs of safe sleep: Alone. On Their Back. In a Crib.  

“Reducing infant deaths is a top priority of the state health agency and many of our partners,” said ODH interim director, Lance Himes. “Our comprehensive outreach efforts are designed to educate parents and other caregivers on simple steps they can take to save precious lives.” 

For more information, visit www.safesleep.ohio.gov

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