Infant Mortality Reduction Project

Ohio FQHC Infant Vitality Initiative

In early April 2016, the General Assembly passed HB 294 which made state funds available to the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) who represents the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) throughout the state, in order to reduce Ohio’s infant mortality rate. 

To efficiently and effectively administer the Medicaid program for Ohio's Medicaid consumers, the FQHCs and OACHC are launching infant mortality initiatives designed to:

  • Streamline the clinic processes for prescribing and inserting long acting contraceptives (LARC) when requested by women in their care
  • Use quality improvement methods to increase the number of women receiving long acting contraceptives 
  • Decrease the prevalence of perinatal tobacco use

GRC will contract with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative (OPQC) to participate in the design and implementation of a quality improvement (QI) initiative to increase the percentage of women receiving long acting reversible contraception (LARCs) at select OACHC Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). GRC will also contract with Cicatelli Associates Inc. to design and develop a Collaborative Change Package with OACHC and OPQC.

Tobacco Cessation analysis

GRC will contract with Duet Inc. to design a system for accessing data from the FQHC electronic health record system to monitor the incidence and prevalence of perinatal tobacco use. GRC will produce a Baseline Report on the prevalence of smoking among women of child-bearing age and pregnant women who are patients of Ohio’s FQHCs identifying tobacco use during pregnancy and relationship to health outcomes and service utilization for women and children.