Reducing Racial Disparities
addressing Extreme Prematurity
Eliminating Sleep-Related Deaths
GOAL: By the end of 2020, Cuyahoga County's sleep-related infant deaths will be reduced from 27 in 2015 to five.
RESULTS TO DATE: There were 27 sleep-related infant deaths in Cuyahoga County in 2015. This has decreased to 19 sleep-related deaths in 2018 and 17 in 2019.
GOAL: Train 15,000 Safe Sleep Heroes by December 2020; reduce the number of sleep-related infant deaths in Cuyahoga County to fewer than a handful in 2020.
Rita Andolsen, The MetroHealth System
K. Michael Benz, Community Volunteer
GOAL: Reduce tobacco use during pregnancy through implementation of Tobacco 21 (T21) policies in Greater Cleveland communities and increase access to the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT NOW) by pregnant women.
Recent Accomplishments: Tobacco 21 was implemented in several cities throughout Cuyahoga County through 2019. In October 2019, the Tobacco21 law went into effect throughout Ohio. The law raises the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. The law applies to cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vaping products.
State officials cite data from the Institute of Medicine that raising the age from 18 to 21 will prevent or delay use, particularly in people ages 15 to 17.
Terry Allan, Cuyahoga County Board of Health
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