High-Profile Coverage for a High-Passion Concern
Posted May 11, 2015 by Lauren A. Smith, MD, MPH
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.
As part of their "The Next 10" awareness and fundraising campaign, The Huffington Post is sharing blog posts and stories about reducing maternal and infant mortality by investing in health infrastructure. In a blog post from NICHQ's own Lauren Smith, read about the United State's dismal infant mortality rate and the innovative methods NICHQ is using to address infant mortality. Then, help us grow momentum for this work by donating to our campaign.
"For many years, the child health and public health community have been calling attention to the fact that the infant mortality rate in the US is the worst among all industrialized countries. For every 1,000 babies born in the US, six die before their first birthday. This compares to two in Finland or Japan, three in Spain or Korea, and five in Hungary or Poland. This has rightfully been called a national disgrace. In the US, our dismal infant mortality rate translated to more than 23,000 babies born in 2013 who didn’t make it to their first birthday – the equivalent of about 1,000 kindergarten classrooms that will never be filled. The situation is even bleaker for black infants who die at more than twice the rate of white infants. In some states, this disparity is even greater." ... Read more on The Huffington Post website.