In 1976, as a part of the nation’s bicentennial, Black history “Week” was expanded to month. During this year’s Black History Month, Groundwork is taking time to reflect on the progress that has been made over the past several decades and the many challenges and inequities still present in our state. Although progress has been made since the establishment of Black History Month nearly half a century ago, there is still much that needs to be done to achieve equitable outcomes for all Ohioans. One inequality that is especially appalling is the large disparity in preterm birth rates for African American babies. The preterm birth rate is significantly higher for African American children than babies of any other race.
Learn more about the disparities in preterm birth and infant mortality rates in Groundwork’s Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity Report.