COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND: Columbus Working to Fix Infant Mortality Rate Problem

January 18, 2017

COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND: Columbus Working to Fix Infant Mortality Rate Problem

Lauren Sega

December 15, 2016

The inaugural class of community health workers, from CelebrateOne’s Connector Corps program, were recognized Tuesday by Mayor Andrew Ginther and other city officials. The 24 women graduating spent the past year learning how to connect at-risk populations around Columbus with life-improving resources with the end goal of reducing Franklin County’s infant mortality rate.

Graduate Claudia Ruiz Lopez, a bilingual connector working for St. Stephens Community House in the Linden neighborhood, said the training experience was stressful and eye opening. Her role at St. Stephens puts her in direct contact with the new American population, many of whom are Hispanic, Nepali, and Somali. She said the language barriers they encounter affect the kind of involvement they have in their own healthcare, causing their ethnic background to be a “social determinant of health.”

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