Battle for Our Babies

HIMSS is partnering with and The Cleveland Foundation's CTL+ALT+CLE Program to host the conference titled Battle for Our Babies: Seeking Tech Solutions to Reduce Infant Mortality. The event will gather key stakeholders in a quest for digital health solutions for infant mortality, a national population health crisis.

The Centers for Disease Control reports Ohio as having the nation’s second highest infant mortality rate in the country for black women – primarily due to structural racism, premature births and sleep-related deaths. The infant mortality rate among black mothers in some Cleveland neighborhoods has been compared to developing countries where women lack access to regular prenatal care.

Battle for Our Babies is the name of an OHC initiative using everything from visual art and spoken word, to basketball and culinary arts competitions to educate the community and help reduce infant mortality, especially among people of color. The initiative launched in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County but is designed to quickly scale across the country. Black babies die at nearly three times the rate of white babies in Ohio. HIMSS and OHC are working to expand the audience to increase awareness and seek practical technology solutions that people can adopt and use to save lives.

Join local and national stakeholders for this one day conference, unlike any other, held August 24 at the HIMSS Innovation & Conference Center in Cleveland, OH. Engage and learn about the issues impacting this crisis and work to develop a gap analysis that can ultimately present solutions that can reduce the staggering infant mortality statistics present in our community today.


Check back soon for more information regarding the event and registration!