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First Year Cleveland's Action Team 4 Report:
Extreme Premature Births
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Participants will be able to:
  • Describe how premature birth contributes to infant deaths and how delaying inevitable preterm births can dramatically increase infants' potential for survival.
  • Explain how access to early prenatal care, risk identification and follow-up interventions significantly contribute to delaying or preventing preterm birth.
  • Identify three areas of focused improvement happening across Cuyahoga County Health systems related to Action Team 4's findings, and future plans to include their patients' journey mapping to improve outcomes.
Prematurity is the largest contributing factor to infant mortality in Greater Cleveland. One of First Year Cleveland's (FYC) priorities is to reduce the number of preterm births from the 2015 baseline rate of 14.9 percent to less than 10 percent by the end of 2020.

FYC Action Team 4, co-led by Rita Horwitz, President and CEO of Better Health Partnership and Dr. Brian Mercer, Chair OB/GYN of The MetroHealth System, was formed in May 2018 with the overarching goal of reducing extreme premature births and racial disparities. Clinical experts from four Cuyahoga County healthcare systems and others, engaged in learning circles to identify and implement modifiable interventions believed to help prevent or delay premature births and optimize periviable birth outcomes.

This webinar reveals the findings of Action Team 4 and related action plans for improvement across health systems to help keep our babies from being born too early so they may celebrate their first birthday!
Speakers include:
Rita Horwitz, RN, Chief Medical Officer, Better Health Partnership
Brian Mercer, MD, Chair OB/GYN, The MetroHealth System
Alvonta Jenkins, HUB Program Specialist, Better Health Partnership
Kimberly Dudley, Community Health Worker, The MetroHealth System
Questions? Contact:
Carol Kaschube, Member Relations & Business Manager