In Franklin County, three babies die every week before they reach their first birthday.

The Ohio Better Birth Outcomes  (OBBO) collaborative is dedicated to reducing the incidences of preterm births in Columbus and Franklin County. Prematurity is one of the leading causes of infant mortality. OBBO is focused on three key initiatives:

OBBO consists of four hospital systems in the community, as well as the Columbus Public Health Department and PrimaryOne Health (formerly Columbus Neighborhood Health Center). Learn more about our members.

13% of babies in Franklin County are born too early (before 37 weeks).

In 2013, the infant mortality rate in Franklin County was 7.8 deaths per 1,000 births. Franklin County rates 71th out of Ohio’s 88 counties and Ohio ranks 47th in the United States (source: Healthy Policy Institute of Ohio 2014 Health Value Dashboard).

Learn more about the OBBO mission.

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Contact Us
For more information about Ohio Better Birth Outcomes, contact Alicia Leatherman, Director, Infant Wellness Initiatives, (614) 722-4723.