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The Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth is committed to making progress in understanding and preventing prematurity – in our community and across the nation. Our faculty serves in leadership roles for:
The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative was announced in May, 2013, with its goal to provide a transdisciplinary and cross-institutional approach to studying the causes of preterm birth.
The collaborative supports five interrelated hypothesis-driven research themes incorporating evolutionary biology, genetics, reproductive biology, cell biology and sociology.
The Ohio Collaborative brings together leading investigators from the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (the coordinating site for the collaborative), the Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, and Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland (McDonald Women’s Hospital and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital) and MetroHealth System in Cleveland.
Also participating in the program are investigators from Vanderbilt University, Dartmouth College, University of Iowa and Washington University in St. Louis.
This effort is a collective impact collaborative that includes leaders representing the Hamilton County Health Department, the City of Cincinnati Health Department, the four maternity hospital systems serving Hamilton County (TriHealth, Mercy Regional Health Partners, Christ Hospital, University of Cincinnati Medical Center), Interact for Health (formerly known as the Cincinnati Health Foundation), the Center for Closing the Health Care Gap, and the United Way.
Additional partners will join the collaborative over the coming year.
Start Strong is a geographically focused initiative to redesign healthcare delivery in the Avondale community, a high-risk neighborhood located adjacent to Cincinnati Children’s. The project is a collaborative effort among Cincinnati Children’s, Good Samaritan Hospital and Every Child Succeeds (a highly successful, data-driven home visitation program for expectant and new first time mothers) to implement measures to reduce preterm birth rates in this community.
Cincinnati Children’s is the coordinating center for three separate but complementary initiatives – the Ohio Collaborative, Cradle Cincinnati and Start Strong – that aim to reduce preterm birth and infant mortality.
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