Local Infant Mortality Rates Decrease, But African-Americans Still Disproportionately Affected
According to the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley, our region's children are among the unhealthiest in Tennessee and the nation. One reason for that is our high rate of infant mortality. In this feature news segment, Michael Edward Miller reports that infant mortality has improved over the last few years, but there are still challenges, particularly for African-Americans. This is true both in Hamilton County and around the nation. This segment examines causes and potential solutions.
This is part of a series on pediatric healthcare challenges in this region. Organizations profiled in this series include the BLUES Project, which is part of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and is fighting infant mortality; the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley, which is a coalition of doctors and community leaders; and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.