First Year Cleveland

First Year Cleveland

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Biomedical Research Building
11000 Cedar Avenue - 4th Floor Cleveland, OH 44106

Phone 216-368-4837

Every Baby Deserves to Celebrate a First Birthday.

Every Baby Deserves to Celebrate a First Birthday.

The Issue

In Greater Cleveland, too many babies don’t get that chance.
In 2020*...


babies were born in Cuyahoga County


of these babies didn't celebrate a first birthday


of these babies were African American from all socioeconomic levels

Learn About Infant Mortality

*2020 data are preliminary and unaudited.

The Solutions

We're a community movement
identifying causes and developing sustainable system driven solutions.

Racial Disparities

African American babies in Greater Cleveland die four times more often than white infants. We’re answering the question of “why?” and developing system-wide solutions.

Reduce Racial DisparitiesLearn More

Extreme Prematurity

Prematurity has been the county’s lead contributor to infant mortality for 20+ years. We’re gathering data to guide solutions to eliminate deaths due to extreme prematurity.

Address Extreme PrematurityLearn More

Sleep-Related Deaths

Sleep-related deaths are the second-leading cause of infant deaths in the county. We’re promoting “safe sleep” in our training and public messaging.

Eliminate Sleep-Related DeathsLearn More

Community Stories

Read real stories from real people in our community.

Tyraya D.

Paige R.

Your experience can help others and may save the life of a baby in our community.

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Marshaie W.

Ramia G.

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