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THRIVE - Infant Vitality


Toward Health Resiliency and Infant Vitality & Equity


Are you pregnant or have a child under age 1?

Our Community Resource Connector can help you during your pregnancy and after to ensure you get connected to services you may need!
- baby Items - health insurance - quit/reduce smoking
- clothing - housing/utilities support - mental health
- employment - prenatal care - substance use
- food - Safe Sleep education

- transportation

About the Stark County THRIVE Program

Stark County THRIVE is a project through Canton City Public Health that began in 2013. At that time, Ohio’s disparity in infant mortality between black infants and white infants was among the worst in the nation. Goals of Stark County THRIVE are to identify factors in our community that lead to infant mortality and reduce the overall infant mortality rate as well as disparity in birth outcomes relative to black and white infants. These goals align with the:

Stark County THRIVE’s Collaborative Organizational Chart [PDF] outlines the project’s intricate relationship between funders, supporters, referring agencies, care coordinating agencies, funded partners, Stark County THRIVE Pathways HUB, and the community. This community collaborative promotes working together to meet the needs of our Stark County families.

Efforts to reduce infant mortality by the Stark County THRIVE project and Stark County THRIVE Pathways HUB can be found in our *new* 2022 Ohio Equity Institute Annual Report [PDF] and for comparison: 


Severe Maternal Morbidity and Racial Disparities in Ohio, 2016-2019
Severe maternal morbidities (SMM) are unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in significant short- or long-term consequences to a woman's health. SMM is measured by identifying women with at least 1 of 19 medical conditions while hospitalized for a delivery.

Reducing SMM is one of the six priorities of Ohio's 2020-2022 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). SMM increased 75% in the United States over the past decade and is estimated to affect 163 of every 10,000 deliveries, or more than 52,000 women annually. Improving SMM is also a key priority of the state Title V Maternal Child Health Block Grant, which has the goal of reducing SMM by 12% by 2025.

Read the full report "Severe Maternal Morbidity and Racial Disparities in Ohio, 2016-2019" published by the Ohio Department of Health 2020.


The Stark County THRIVE program is funded in part from numerous grants:

For more information about Stark County THRIVE, contact THRIVE Project Manager Dawn Miller at Canton City Public Health (234) 410-3087.

To read more about Infant Mortality, the following websites provide further information:

  • CityMatch – A national membership organization of city and county health departments’ Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs and leaders representing urban communities in the United States. Canton City Public health is a member of CityMatch.
  • Ohio Department of Health – Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality
  • Safe Sleep – Safe sleep education for anyone caring for an infant and local Cribs for Kids programs.

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