Infant Mortality Reduction

The City of Columbus started a program through Columbus Public Health called Celebrate One to reduce the infant mortality rates in Columbus.

The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone has partnered with Celebrate One to host a community health worker called a Connector in the Hilltop community. Our Connector refers mothers and parents who are pregnant or have a child within their first year to resources to insure they have the support and information needed to get their baby to their first birthday.



Our goals for this program is to reduce infant mortality through directly helping mothers one on one. Our goals for the community health workers include:

  • Identify and engage women/families to schedule prenatal/primary care appointments
  • Refer women to services that address basic needs and needs for new infants (cribs, food and/or housing insecurity, etc.) so that women can focus on their health and their family’s well-being
  • Follow up with families to make sure they are connected to services and that barrier or access issues experienced by the families are documented and addressed
  • Inform partners about gaps in services for residents
  • Validate pathways for residents that lead to positive birth outcomes in our neighborhoods

If you have questions about the program or would like to partner with us email the Zone at

Positive Results

In 2017 our first Connector, Victoria Settle, pictured above with Mayor Andrew Ginther and other members of Celebrate One, made over 400 referrals to programs and agencies like Moms2B, the Ohio Benefit Bank, primary care, and other community resources. In addition, Victoria worked with other Celebrate One Connectors to host two community baby showers for west side women.  Over 200 women were served by these celebratory events where diapers and baby supplies were given away and community resource agencies were present. We celebrate Victoria’s contribution to the health and safety of infants on the west side of Columbus and wish her the best in her future endeavors.

In 2018, the Zone welcomed Celebrate One Connector Fannisha Page. She is eager to meet with expectant moms and their support persons.  To contact Fannisha email her at or you can reach her at (937)557-3627.


For additional stats and information see the fact sheet below:

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