The Boston Public Health Commission reported today that black infant mortality rates in the city decreased from 13.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2001-2004 to 7.4 in 2009-2012.
The latest rate is twice that of white infants - but that compares to a death rate four times greater in the earlier period, the commission said.
The BPHC's efforts to improve the Black low birth weight, preterm births, and the IMR have been broad and comprehensive, reflective of the complex constellation of factors that contribute to worse birth outcomes for Black infants in the city. In addition to supporting traditional public health prevention and prenatal programs, since 2008 the Commission has increasingly sought to address the impact of poverty, racism and the resulting stress on the health of Black women.
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