Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2018

Department

Health Promotion

Faculty Advisor

Stephanie Malinenko, MBA

Abstract

Infant mortality rate is not only an indication of maternal and infant health, but the overall health of a population as well. Within the past 8 years, America has ranked 26th in infant mortality when compared to other developed nations. Examining infant mortality rates (IMR) at a national level among racial groups, the following has been concluded: IMR for African Americans is 10.9%, yet for white infants it's 5.1%. The same holds true for IMR at the city level. In Buffalo, IMR is 14.5% and 9.3%, for black and white infants respectively. There are many risk factors that contribute to these alarming statistics. This work hypothesizes that the detrimental effects of life-long minority status experienced by African American women are influenced by inequities in socioeconomic status, education, and judicial treatment, all of which have a significant effect on IMR. Elimination of racial disparities is essential to address infant mortality rates for American mothers.

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