In 2013, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and CityMatch partnered with nine Ohio communities to improve birth outcomes and reduce the racial disparities in infant deaths. Infant mortality is defined as the death of a baby before his or her birthday. Infant mortality is an important indicator of the health of a community. Summit County was selected as one of the nine equity institute teams due to the high infant mortality rate in Summit County. The Summit County Birth Outcomes initiative, “Everyone Summit County” features over 60 community partners working to identify, address, and end the issues that impact infant mortality. Currently, Ohio ranks 47th in the nation for its infant mortality rate. In Summit County, African American infants are twice as likely to die before their first birthday. The Every One Summit County Better Birth Outcomes is focused on ensuring every child born in Summit County reaches their first birthday. Visit their site to learn about how you can help.