The Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality (ORC 3701.68) was created in 2014 with
the goal of improving Ohio’s infant mortality rate to help more Ohio babies
celebrate their first birthdays. At the time the commission was created, Ohio
ranked 46th in the nation for overall infant mortality and 50th for black babies.
Infant mortality is defined as the death of a live-born baby before his or her first birthday.
Government officials, directors or designees from a number of executive agencies, and representatives from Ohio's hospital and
community-based programs are working together to provide recommendations on how to improve the rate of infant mortality.