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Infant Mortality in North Carolina
Racial Disparities

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In North Carolina, as in the rest of the country, a disparity in infant deaths exists between different races and ethnic groups. The death rate for minority babies is more than twice that of white babies:

  • In 2013, the African American infant mortality rate of 12.5 deaths per 1,000 live births decreased 10.1% from 13.9 deaths in 2012. African American communities have a 2.3 times higher rate of infant death than white communities.

  • In 2013, the white infant mortality rate of 5.5 per 1,000 live births remained the same as in 2011 and 2012. The white infant mortality rate has decreased 43 percent from 9.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1988.

Resources to Reduce Racial Disparities

The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation has produced educational materials, coordinates training and promotes resources to help women, their families, and health professionals learn about ways to reduce the risk of infant deaths.

Materials include culturally and linguistically appropriate brochures, posters and informational videos with discussion guides. These items are perfect for launching community discussions about issues related to minority infant mortality reduction and the possibility of developing, or supporting, local initiatives.

NOTE: The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation stopped shipping materials in September 2012 but most materials can be downloaded from our publications section.

Great strides in reducing infant mortality rates can be made when community members support parents-to-be, help reinforce the key health messages for women and babies, and understand the role that community organizations play in the broader health of their community.

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Last updated: October 2014


Educational materials that teach women and families how to reduce the risk of infant death and illness

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