Ohio community pathway HUB: The cost benefit of supporting minority mothers



  • Karen H Larwin Youngstown State University, Ohio, USA
  • Aimee Budnik Akron Summit Community Action, Inc., Ohio, USA
  • Susan E Horne John Carroll University, Ohio, USA


Ohio has a persistent infant mortality problem. A Pathway Community HUB model of care is used across the state of Ohio to provide supports to at-risk minority women during their pregnancies and after the birth of their children. To measure the success of the Pathways HUB Community Action, a cost-benefit analysis assesses the benefits resulting from the investment in the program. Using provider data and national, state, and county-level birth statistics, a cost-benefit analysis was conducted. Results indicate that the cost benefit of these services is a safe investment at a 4.4 return on cost saving. Public funding for infant mortality prevention reaps not only improved birth outcomes but financial rewards far exceeding the costs of investment, justifying further investment. A full breakdown of the results is presented, and the implications for the level of cost saving is provided.


Birth outcomes, Cost benefit analysis, Infant mortality, Minority health, Return on investment.

How to Cite

Larwin, K. H., Budnik, A. ., & Horne, S. E. . (2023). Ohio community pathway HUB: The cost benefit of supporting minority mothers. Journal of Contemporary Research in Social Sciences, 5(2), 27–37. https://doi.org/10.55214/26410249.v5i2.328


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