Ohio Equity Institute is a community driven effort to reduce infant deaths. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and CityMatCH are partnering with nine Ohio baby picturecommunities to improve birth outcomes and reduce the racial disparities in infant deaths. Infant mortality is defined as the death of a baby before his or her first birthday. Infant deaths are an important indicator of the overall health of a society. Ohio ranks near the bottom in overall infant mortality and black infant deaths. CityMatCH is a national membership organization that supports urban maternal and child health efforts at the local level. Based on a national Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes model, nine Ohio communities make up the Ohio Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes (Ohio Equity Institute).