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Infant Mortality Among African Americans Project
This 5-year project, which ended in July 2020, aimed to address the wide spectrum of factors that contribute to the high infant mortality rate among U.S.-born African Americans living in Hennepin County.
Hennepin County has the largest concentration of African Americans in Minnesota, and here the infant mortality rate among U.S.-born African Americans is 3.4 times higher than Whites. This project acknowledged that the difference in the infant mortality rate could be explained not only by variations in maternal characteristics, behaviors and access to health care, but also by other factors including social issues and individual and family circumstances.
To address this complex issue, we used a community engagement model that brought together the perspectives of the community through a Health in All Policies approach.
Community Voices and Solutions
The Community Voices and Solutions (CVAS) leadership team was formed to guide the 5-year project. The leadership team consisted of about 20 members representing community groups, grassroots organizations, and local and state health departments.
Project Documents and Reports
Black Birth Summit
Mini Project Reports
MDH Division of Children and Family Health
Michelle Chiezah, Infant Mortality Consultant, MDH
Minneapolis Department of Health
Coral Garner, Director of Adolescent Health & Youth Development, City of Minneapolis
Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers (MNACHC)
Laura Lipkin, Director of Partnerships & Resource Development, MNACHC
For more information:
Helen Jackson Lockett-El, Project Coordinator