Cincinnati babies don’t get the same
chance at seeing their first birthday as do infants in other states
across the country, and area health professionals believe it’s time to
become more proactive about it.
The city's Health Department will
administer a $760,000 grant from the state to create the Reproductive
Health Improvement Collaborative, in conjunction with University
Hospital’s Center for Women’s Health. The new initiative will try to
lessen health disparities in 19 area zip codes — mostly low-income areas
— that have high Infant Mortality Rates.
Syphilis was once so common that some people viewed the potentially fatal disease as a natural stage of life. Nowadays, most sexually active people think syphilis is a relic of the past and worry more about contracting viruses like HIV. But syphilis is back locally, and in a big way.