Mount Carmel Associates Awarded Disparities Award Infant Mortality Efforts
Columbus – Three Mount Carmel Health System associates received the Disparities Leadership Program Award for their work in the Massachusetts General Hospital Disparities Leadership Program.
This team, consisting of Aprile Burt-Harp, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager Graduate Medical Education Ambulatory Sites, Katrina Farmer, System Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and Jackie Hilton, Community Benefit Ministry Officer, analyzed data from within Mount Carmel and central Ohio and studied other health initiatives in area. From this research they found there was a sense of urgency to decrease the infant mortality rate in Franklin County.
The Mount Carmel team created a database listing the disparities within the system. From there they began tracking evidence-based interventions that were designed to reduce infant mortality. Some of the interventions include increasing breastfeeding rates, limiting inductions before 39 weeks, and increasing the number of home visits performed by Mount Carmel’s Welcome Home Program. The database tracked how many patients were given access to these services.
“You would be devastated to learn the infant mortality rate in Ohio,” said Aprile Burt-Harp, RN, BSN. “Hopefully our efforts can impact this important issue.”
According to the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio has the 11th highest rate of infant mortality in the country. Between 2010 and 2011 it increased from 7.7 to 7.9 deaths per every 1,000 live births.
“I was thrilled and pleased to see the group recognized in this program,” said Dr. Streck. “The energy and enthusiasm of the Mount Carmel associates puts us on the vanguard of the work to reduce disparities in healthcare.”
The group was one of only four groups in the program to receive recognition for their project.
“The effort these associates have put toward this project demonstrates Mount Carmel’s mission of caring for underserved and at-risk populations,” said Sister Barbara Hahl.
The Mount Carmel team submitted its final report to the Disparities Leadership Program today. However, Mount Carmel plans to continue working on the project to decrease the infant mortality rate in central Ohio.