Inspiring Video: How States Are Reducing Infant Mortality Rates
Posted May 21, 2015 by Cindy Hutter
This is one of a series of posts this month about NICHQ's infant health work, which is being featured in in The Huffington Post's 'The Next 10' Campaign. Learn more about this awareness and fundraising campaign and how you can donate.
In 2009, Dearea Matthews gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Charlie. All went well for the first month, until something terrible happened.
Early one morning, Dearea brought Charlie into her bed, to nurse him. After he ate, they both fell asleep. When she woke, she discovered Charlie wasn’t breathing. Dearea and her husband rushed Charlie to the hospital, but it was too late.
The Matthews family is just one of the more than 23,000 families that experience an infant death in the United States each year. Despite having some of the world’s best doctors and hospitals, the US has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the industrialized world.
NICHQ is leading a national initiative called the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality
(IM CoIIN) to bring stakeholders across the country together to address this issue. In this new video from the IM CoIIN project, you can hear success stories and strategies being used to reduce infant mortality and eliminate racial disparities in cities, counties and towns across the US.
Learn more about NICHQ's infant health work
Learn more about the IM CoIIN initiative