State Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) today shared news of her recent appointment to the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality, a bipartisan panel tasked with decreasing the state’s infant mortality rate.

“I am excited to work with my colleagues to decrease our state’s infant mortality rate through providing better pre- and post-natal care and increasing affordable housing, home visitation, and access to transportation,” said Rep. Crawley. “Although we have seen an overall decrease in the number infant deaths, it is time we make tackling infant mortality a priority and focus increased resources on addressing the racial disparities in birth outcomes for African American babies.”

Rep. Crawley will join a bipartisan, bicameral team of legislators, designees from executive agencies and representatives from Ohio's hospitals and community-based programs. Formed in 2014, the goal of the commission is to improve Ohio’s infant mortality rate to help more Ohio babies celebrate their first birthdays.

In the Ohio Department of Health’s 2017 Ohio Infant Mortality Study, black babies had an infant mortality rate three times that of white babies. Ohio has the second highest infant mortality rate in the nation.

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