First Year Cleveland

Community Impact Initiatives - First Year Cleveland

First Year Cleveland (FYC) is a community movement dedicated to reversing this trend and helping all babies celebrate their first birthdays. FYC was established in December 2015 by community leaders who were alarmed by the number of babies dying in Cuyahoga County. In a city with outstanding health care and supportive services, these leaders believed there was a way to develop an effective, comprehensive and sustainable approach to solving infant mortality. Today, this collaborative effort brings together parents and expectant parents, community leaders, philanthropic organizations, government and business entities, health care providers, educational institutions, nonprofits and the faith-based community. These partners and many volunteers actively participate on our 11 FYC action teams and are tasked with identifying the underlying issues contributing to infant deaths and creating sustainable solutions. Better Health Partnership proudly leads Action #4 – consisting of all birthing hospital systems in Cuyahoga County, to help reduce extreme premature births and racial disparities.


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