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Important Facts for Infant Mortality Disparities between African Americans and Whites


The Infant Mortality Disparity measure is the ratio of the African American infant mortality rate to the white infant mortality rate


African American Infant Mortality Rate


White Infant Mortality Rate

Why Is This Important?

"Infant mortality refers to the death of a baby in its first year of life. Racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality in North Carolina persist. The death rate of African American babies is nearly 2.5 times the death rate of white babies. Of all infant mortality racial/ethnic disparities in the state, this disparity is the greatest." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020

What Is Being Done?

Healthy Beginnings: Healthy Beginnings is North Carolina's minority infant mortality reduction program. Resources are provided to community and faith-based organizations along with local health departments to implement programs and partner with communities of color.

North Carolina Baby Love Plus Initiative: The NC Baby Love Plus Initiative is a federally-funded healthy start program, in fourteen North Carolina counties, in three regions of the state. The aim of this program is to reduce the racial disparities that affect infant mortality, to deliver healthy babies, and to improve the health of pregnant and interconceptional women and their families.

State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485
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