First Year Cleveland

First Year Cleveland

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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FYC Action Teams

As part of First Year Cleveland’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, we committed to implement coordinated activities that support our three priority areas focused on reducing infant mortality throughout Cuyahoga County: 1) reducing racial disparities; 2) addressing extreme prematurity; and 3) eliminating sleep-related infant deaths.

In order to execute these activities, First Year Cleveland established 11 FYC Action Teams that are now working to tackle these challenges. Learn more about the work of each of these teams.


Priority Area: Reducing Racial Disparities 

Goal: Reduce Cuyahoga County's 2017 infant death disparity rate of 7.2 by 50 percent by the end of 2020 and to zero by 2025.

Action Team 1: Address structural racism through workplace bias training.

Action Team 2: Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Initiative.

Action Team 3: Conduct research on race, stress and maternal health.

(Learn more about what we're doing in this area and progress to date)


Priority Area: Addressing Extreme Prematurity

Goal: Reduce Cuyahoga County's preterm birth rate from the 2015 baseline of 14.9 percent to less than 10 percent by the end of 2020. 

Action Team 4: Establish Learning Circles to identify and resolve issues contributing to infant deaths.

Action Team 5: Educate expectant parents and improve access to treatments to help prevent premature birth and ensure healthy pregnancies.

Action Team 6: Increase public awareness of LARC and birth spacing guidelines.

Action Team 7: CenteringPregnancy Model.

Action Team 8: Address social determinants of health.

(Learn more about what we're doing in this area and progress to date)


Priority Area: Eliminating Sleep-Related Deaths

Goal: Reduce sleep-related infant deaths from 27 in 2015 to five by the end of 2020. 

Action Team 9: Decrease first- and second-hand smoking.

Action Team 10: Promote safe sleep and expand sleep ambassador program. 

Action Team 11: Promote smoking cessation and advocate for implemention of Tobacco21 policies.

(Learn more about what we're doing in this area and progress to date)

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