Research finds black mothers’ infant mortality rate is about twice that of white women, and education doesn't help

Friday, April 6, 2018
CBSN Live

Dr. Keisha Bentley Edwards - CBSN Live

The infant mortality rate (IMR) is a key national indicator of population health. Despite technological advances in medicine, the IMR in the United States is exceptionally high relative to other developed countries — particularly for black infants. A new co-­released report from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development provides an overview of the social determinants that contribute to racial disparities in IMR and calls for policies to effectively Eradicate the Black-­White Infant Mortality Gap. Fighting at Birth: Eradicating the Black-­‐White Infant Mortality Gap proposes policies and programs that prioritize healthy maternal and child outcomes for black women due to their greater susceptibility to racism and discrimination to eliminate the gap.

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