Data reveals racial disparity in infant mortality rates

IMG_6637The state health department has released a new three-year plan to lower Michigan’s infant mortality rate.

The plan notes that the overall infant mortality rate has fallen in recent years, but there is still much work to be done to reach the goal of 6 deaths for every 1-thousand live births.

Jennifer Eisner is the Public Information Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services. She said that data from previous years has revealed persistent racial disparities in health.

“So in 2013, five out of every 1,000 caucasian babies and ten out of every 1,000 hispanic babies died before their first birthday. That number is even higher among the African American community when the rate is 13 out of every 1,000 babies born.”

Eisner said the main goal of the plan will be to reduce these disparities.