THRIVE Program receives $1.63 million to continue combating infant mortality

(Canton, Ohio) – Canton City Public Health was recently awarded $1.63 million by the Ohio Department of Medicaid to help continue the funding of Stark County THRIVE.

THRIVE works to improve infant mortality and maternal health while lowering racial inequality in infant mortality rates. The money will be used to continue supporting existing programs as well as to expand additional programs. Plans include the THRIVE Pathways HUB. The program is designed to place pregnant women and mothers with children younger than 1 into contact with social services and medical care.

Reports indicate the funding will also help support:

  • Ongoing support for Centering Pregnancy programs at My Community Health and Alliance Family Health Center.
  • African American women-led Sister Circles.
  • Peer maternal care programs for victims of domestic violence or intimate partner violence through a partnership with the Domestic Violence Project Inc.
  • A HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) program in partnership with Community Legal Aid Services
  • Racial equity and culture competency services
  • Additional fatherhood programs, coaching, and mentoring.

The overall infant mortality rate was 6.4 in 2018, down from 9.5 in 2017.

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