Infant Mortality Down In MD, Racial Disparities Remain | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Infant Mortality Down In MD, Racial Disparities Remain

Play associated audio

By Rebecca Blatt

Maryland's infant mortality rate has dropped to its lowest annual rate in 10 years, according to new data from the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

But the numbers aren't all moving in the right direction. Preliminary statistics show the overall infant mortality rate decreased to 7.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2009, down from 8 percent the year before. That's with significant death reductions in Frederick, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.

But racial disparities remain. Infant mortality increased slightly among black families from 13.4 percent in 2008 to to 13.6 percent in 2009.

John Colmers, Secretary of Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, says the state will intensify efforts to reduce infant mortality, focusing especially on outreach in Baltimore city and Prince George's and Somerset counties.

NPR

'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.
NPR

In San Diego, A Bootcamp For Data Junkies

Natasha Balac runs a two-day boot camp out of the San Diego Supercomputer Center for people from all types of industries to learn the tools and algorithms to help them analyze data and spot patterns in their work.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.