Tulsa's Fetal & Infant Mortality
The Tulsa Fetal and Infant Mortality Review project is designed to enhance the health and well-being of women, infants, and families while working to reduce infant mortality.
The Tulsa Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (TFIMR) project's goal is to bring community members together to examine and improve the social, economic, safety, cultural and health system factors that impact infant mortality.
Through TFIMR, the community becomes experts in planning locally appropriate policies and specific interventions to better serve families in the community.
TFIMR currently reviews certain losses defined by a specific case criterion both within Tulsa County and seven neighboring counties: Rogers, Creek, Osage, Okmulgee, Pawnee, Wagoner, and Washington.
The program is a collaborative effort of the Tulsa Health Department, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Tulsa Healthy Start Initiative, and the Family Health Coalition. The Tulsa Fetal and Infant Mortality Program is funded by Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, administered by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Family Health Services Division, Maternal and Child Health Service. View more information about the Maternal and Child Health Service.
Infant mortality, or the death of a baby before their first birthday, is a tragedy not only for parents and the family but to the community. The Infant mortality rate is an important marker of the overall health of a society, which means it is a community issue that needs community driven solutions.
- Examine the social, economic, cultural, safety and health system factors associated with fetal and infant mortality by review of individual cases from the community.
- Plan a series of community interventions and policies that address improvements to service systems and resource delivery.
- Participate in the implementation of appropriate community-based interventions and policies.
- Assess the progress of the interventions implemented.
How does TFIMR Work?
There are four fundamental parts to the cycle of improvement used in the FIMR process: data collection/home interviews, case review, community action and systems changes.