African American Health Disparities Compared to Non-Hispanic Whites (with a special focus on infant mortality)

This infographic from Families USA shows some of the more prevalent health disparities that afflict African Americans in the United States (compared to non-Hispanic whites). http://familiesusa.org/product/african-american-health-disparities-compared-to-non-hispanic-whites

One health outcome I am particularly interested in is the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). Wisconsin has a much greater disparity than the rest of the nation. I used data from WISH to calculate relative risks regarding IMR in Wisconsin.

Black/African American women in Wisconsin:

  • have a relative risk 5.2 times greater than white women to experience an infant death as a result of short gestation or low birth weight;
  • have a relative risk 1.7 times greater than white women to experience an infant death as a result of congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal anomalies;
  • have a relative risk 5.0 times greater than white women to experience an infant death as a result of SIDS;
  • have a relative risk 3 times greater than white women to experience an infant death as a result of an accident (including falls, suffocation, and drowning).

Does anyone have any information about what is being done to reduce disparities in the IMR in Wisconsin (or anywhere else for that matter)?

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