Progress on Black Infant Mortality Rates Stalls in U.S.

Progress on Black Infant Mortality Rates Stalls in U.S.

It’s a well-known fact that in the U.S. a person’s race vastly affects his or her health outcome. But this phenomenon isn’t about genetics. It’s related to socioeconomic status and health care access. Sadly, race is a determining factor in whether a person receives basic medical care, and the disparity affects a person’s health even in the first few days of life. A new paper based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, finds there has been limited progress in reducing the infant mortality rate among the non-Hispanic black population. It...

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