How Columbus Is Using Transit to Reduce Infant Mortality

The city of Columbus has begun to seriously address its infant mortality problem, working with the state of Ohio, Franklin County, and local health providers to dispatch community health workers into hard-hit neighborhoods. They help register women for health insurance and educate them about pre- and post-natal care, nutrition, and safe sleep habits. (A similar model has helped Baltimore reduce its high infant mortality rate.) Private businesses have partnered with the city to host job fairs and skills-training opportunities.
But lately, the city is rallying particularly hard to improve a service that touches on many other social determinants of health: transportation.