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Infant Mortality Reduction Efforts
A state’s infant mortality rate is widely considered to be its most important marker of health status. Ohio Medicaid is continuing its commitment to improving the health of pregnant and postpartum women by focusing on reducing racial disparities and improving outcomes for moms who have substance use disorders and their infants.
Infant Mortality Reduction Efforts

Systematically deploying evidence-based services, including enhanced care coordination and home visiting, can help close the disparity gap by giving pregnant women access to the services they need to deliver healthier full-term babies.

Ohio Medicaid is designing a maternal and infant support program—including options for home visiting—to decrease preterm births, decrease infant mortality, and improve maternal health. To boost the efficacy of the new maternal and infant services, Ohio Medicaid is leveraging expertise from the Governor’s Office of Children’s Initiatives, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Interagency collaboration coupled with implementation of Medicaid’s maternal and infant support program will support Governor DeWine’s goal to triple the number of eligible women and children receiving home visiting services over the coming years. The maternal and infant support initiatives will build on the Ohio Medicaid’s ongoing support of pregnancy programs through the Medicaid managed care plans’ community infant mortality efforts that focus on reducing the disparity of African American infant outcomes.

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and Ohio Medicaid’s managed care plans (MCPs) are pleased to announce a Request for Applications (RFA) for coordinated community programs to target the disparity in the African American infant mortality rate in Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Mahoning, Montgomery, Stark, and Summit Counties.

Funding Announcement

Request for Applications

RFA Webinar Slides

RFA Overview Webinar Recording (enter your name and email address, click register, and the recording will load)

2020-2021 INFANT MORTALITY RFA QUESTIONS & ANSWERS Revised 09/06/2019 

RFA Dates RFA Key Events
July 25, 2019 Request for applications (RFA) released
July 29, 2019 Webinar for potential applicants
August 2, 2019 Deadline for written questions-- submit to infantmortality@medicaid.ohio.gov
August 9, 2019 Question and answer document posted to ODM's website
August 12-16, 2019 Optional individual county TA sessions
September 13, 2019 Applications due by 5:00 EDT to infantmortality@medicaid.ohio.gov
October 11, 2019 Notice of awards
January 1, 2020 Project start date