The infant mortality rate from 2008-2011 for Black infants was 14.2, over five-times higher than for Whites (2.4) and three-times higher than for Hispanics (4.7).*
African American women are also much more likely than White women to die of pregnancy-related complications.
This is simply unacceptable.
September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month nationwide. Yesterday, Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced legislation at the Board of Supervisors declaring and commemorating September as Infant Mortality Awareness Month in San Francisco. Special Recognition was given to The Equity in Young Black Women’s Health Group, of which HPP is a proud member.
We are committed to ensuring that every baby has a healthy and equal start on life through our partnership with the San Francisco Black Infant Health Program.
View the full commendation here: