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
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First Year Cleveland's mission is to mobilize the community through partnerships and a unified strategy to reduce infant deaths and racial disparities. Our vision is that every baby born in Cuyahoga County will celebrate his or her first birthday. 

We convene stakeholders throughout the community to identify the underlying issues contributing to infant deaths and create sustainable solutions. 

If you believe it's important to advocate for the health of women and babies in Greater Cleveland and to ensure racial equity in our community, we want you to be part of our team. 

Current Openings


Loss Trainer (PRN)
The MetroHealth System
Brooklyn Heights Campus

The MetroHealth System is an essential health system committed to providing health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and improving the health of the community overall. Its 7,500 employees deliver care to everyone at its main campus, just west of downtown Cleveland, and at more than 25 other MetroHealth locations. It also provides health care at more than 40 additional sites in Cuyahoga County through community partnerships such as the School Health Program.

Uses personal experience with infant loss to support First Year Cleveland’s mission, which is to mobilize the community through partnerships and a unified strategy to reduce infant deaths and racial disparities. Communicates the effects of infant sleep death with a variety of stakeholders, such as impacted families and leaders from health systems, civic organizations, volunteer organizations, and faith-based institutions. Upholds the mission, vision, values, and customer service standards of The MetroHealth System.

1. Provides information for training and materials based on expertise; participates in trainings and shares personal experience as part of the curriculum.

2. Uses personal experiences of infant loss to connect with trainees and underscore the importance of safe sleep practices.

3. Provides basic breastfeeding information, encouragement, and advocacy to convey the role breastfeeding plays as a protective factor in preventing sleep-related infant deaths.

4. Attends speaking events to share one’s personal story of infant loss with others.

5. Records stories of loss to share with others via video, audio, and writing.

6. Identifies opportunities for community outreach and education.

7. Keeps current with trends, developments, and practices in the field as they relate to this work assignment.

8. Incorporates principles of teamwork in the resolution, completion, and follow-up of responsibilities.

Other information:


  • Personal experience with infant loss from sleep death, and the willingness to share this experience with others.
  • Ability to communicate in group and one-on-one situations.
  • Ability to attend First Year Cleveland events. 


  • Experience with community outreach.
  • Experience with, knowledge of, and ability to advocate for breastfeeding.

Physical Requirements:

  • May sit, stand, stoop, bend, and ambulate intermittently during the day. 
  • May need to sit or stand for extended periods.
  • See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
  • Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
  • Finger dexterity to operate office equipment required. 
  • May need to lift up to twenty-five (25) pounds on occasion.
  • Ability to communicate in face-to-face, phone, email, and other communications.
  • Ability to see computer monitor and departmental documents.

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