First Year Cleveland

Community & Collaboration Team

Elaine Borawski, PhD, Director
Kurt Stange, MD, Co-Director
Mark Chance, PhD, Co-Director

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Every baby born in Cuyahoga County will celebrate a first birthday.


Mobilize the community through partnerships and a unified strategy to reduce infant deaths including racial disparities.

FYC fulfills its vision and mission by creating a common understanding of the problem and leading the development and coordination of strategies to solve it.

Goals and Strategies

FYC is tasked with leading a new framework that is laser focused on data-driven priorities that align and coordinating systems to decrease our babies dying, particularly among African American babies.

In order to achieve its vision and mission, FYC will focus on three priorities and five areas of measurable action for 2017 through 2020:


  • Reduce racial disparities
  • Address extreme prematurity
  • Eliminate sleep-related infant deaths

Areas of Measurable Action:

  • Establish shared measurement practices
  • Support coordinated activities
  • Build public will
  • Advance public policy
  • Secure funding

Read FYC's three-year plan to improve Cuyahoga County's infant mortality rate >