CelebrateOne Awarded $4.5 Million Grant to Address Disparities in the Infant Mortality Rate
The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and the State’s
Managed Care Plans (MCPs) announced a $4.5 million grant to a local coalition
of 13 partners, led by CelebrateOne. The grant is part of a 2-year commitment
from ODM and the State’s MCPs to address the disparity in successful birth
outcomes experienced by African American women in Franklin County.
“Addressing the disparity reflected in our local infant
mortality rate is a complex issue, and it is critical that we address it,” said
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “The grant from the Ohio Department of Medicaid and
the State’s Managed Care Plans will help us improve care and support for all of
our residents, regardless of their race, address or family income.”
Across Franklin County and in CelebrateOne priority
neighborhoods, non-Hispanic Black infants are more than twice as likely to die
as non-Hispanic White infants. In partnership with hospitals, clinical
providers and community-based agencies, funding from ODM and the State’s MCPs
will increase the availability of prenatal care and support for women of
childbearing age, with an emphasis on African American women.
“Ohio Medicaid covers approximately 52 percent of the births
in our state, and our department is deeply committed to investing in local
services that will help reduce the infant mortality rate for African American
babies in Ohio,” said Maureen Corcoran, state Medicaid Director. “We are
holding ourselves, Medicaid’s managed care plan partners, and our new community
grantees accountable to make positive changes for Ohio’s babies.”
Since 2016, ODM and the State’s MCPs have invested over $6.7
million in the community’s efforts to reduce infant mortality. The 2020-2021
grant ensures continued support for programs with a history of success while
also directing funds towards new or emerging community-based efforts that
target the disparity in birth outcomes.
“The State’s emphasis on home visiting, CenteringPregnancy
prenatal care, community health workers and community-based programs offering
wholistic care, like that of Doulas and through programs such as Moms2B,
supports the collective work to reduce infant deaths,” added Erika Clark Jones,
Executive Director of CelebrateOne. “This funding will help to sustain and
deepen our work across Columbus and Franklin County.”
Grant partners include:
Evidence-Based Group Prenatal Care – CenteringPregnancy
Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers - $209,968
Funds will be used to expand group prenatal care to Heart of
Ohio’s Capital Park clinic, where 53% of the women served are African American.
Additionally, the funds will allow Heart of Ohio to maintain support for
community health workers.
PrimaryOne Health - $78,772
The grant will be used to expand CenteringPregnancy programming
to PrimaryOne’s Agler Road clinic, which has shown improvements in patient
satisfaction with care, prenatal care attendance and decreased preterm birth
Community Health Workers
CelebrateOne - $855,569
Funding will support CelebrateOne’s community health
workers, known as the Connector Corps. Corps members connect pregnant and
parenting moms to existing clinical care models to help bridge prenatal and
post-partum care. In doing so, Connectors uncover barriers to care and problem
solve with families to address challenges related to social determinants of
Men for the Movement – $78,575
The grant provides support for Men for the Movement’s
community health workers. CHWs provide education to residents of the South Side
about topics like prenatal care, childbirth, breastfeeding and safe sleep and
connects women and families with local health and social service providers.
YMCA of Central Ohio - $242,153
Funding will be used to grow the Y’s team of community
health workers, which provide outreach, education and wrap-around services to
pregnant women or mothers with an infant under one in the neighborhoods in and
around the Y’s network of branches throughout Franklin County.
Black Lactation Circle - $17,714
Funding will support this community of Black pregnant and
nursing mothers, birth workers, and health professionals to empower Black
mothers to meet their breastfeeding goals through evidence-based information
and in-person interventions.
The Center for Healthy Families - $81,964
This grant will strengthen the Center’s work engaging
parenting and pregnant teens in opportunities to acquire self-sufficiency
capabilities of health and well-being, positive networks, education and
employment through a coordinated network of community-based services.
Moms2B - $702,635
Funding will support evidence-informed programming focused
on educating expectant mothers on a range of topics from health during
pregnancy to safely spacing the next pregnancy to parenting to safe sleep and
infant care. Moms2B employs multidisciplinary team of social workers, nurses,
physicians, medical dietitians, patient navigators and community health workers
develop positive relationships with the women in group and individual
Physicians CareConnection - $415,000
Grant funds will be used to support the community’s
centralized intake and referral service for pregnant women, StepOne for a
Healthy Pregnancy. The goal of this program is to connect pregnant women with
prenatal care and resources, with an aim to get a woman her first prenatal
visit within her first trimester.
Restoring Our Own Through Transformation - $357,202
Funding will support ROOTT’s community-based Full-Spectrum
Perinatal Support (Doula) model, which focuses on training and relative
interventions that target the improvement of birthing conditions and outcomes
for families disproportionately impacted by maternal and infant mortality and
Prenatal and Post-Partum Home Visiting
Columbus Public Health - $707,601
The grant will support the Moms and Babies First program,
which employs a care coordination model that empowers communities to eliminate
disparities. Through a range of activities such as outreach, community
education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy, team members help
build individual and community capacity to ensure successful birth outcomes.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital - $561,427
The grant will allow Nationwide Children’s Hospital to
expand and strengthen its work under the Nurse Family Partnership model by
establishing a majority African American home visiting team.
OhioHealth - $127,713
The grant will allow OhioHealth to expand and adapt its TOPP
home visiting program for adults, which has been shown as effective in reducing
rapid repeat pregnancy in teens.
In June 2014, the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task
Force released its final report. In it were eight recommendations to reduce the
community’s infant mortality rate by 40 percent and cut the racial health
disparity gap in half by 2020. CelebrateOne was created in November 2014 to
carry out the Task Force’s recommendations and ensure Franklin County meets its
ambitious goal. For more information, visit: CelebrateOne.info.