Special Series: Black Infant Mortality |

Empowering moms – and dads – in the black infant mortality crisis

Priska Neely/KPCC
| Ohio has some of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation. Community organizations are working to give parents tangible tools to help, with a focus on dads.

Saving black babies by saving a neighborhood

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The Castlemont neighborhood in East Oakland is known as a Best Babies Zone. The idea of the initiative is that improving life for all residents will ultimately save babies.

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What's behind the high black infant mortality rates? Racism, not race

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Experts say one of the reasons black babies are more likely to die is because of a tendency to ignore one of the underlying causes: systemic racism.

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These people have dedicated their lives to keeping black babies alive

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There are so many public health workers, researchers and community organizers across the country who have dedicated their lives to improving birth outcomes for black babies.

Keeping black babies alive is a priority for LA's top health officials

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Black babies in Los Angeles County are three times more likely to die before their first birthdays than white babies. Health officials want to change that.

America's black babies are paying for society's ills. What will we do to fix it?

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The issue is complex, but the data is straightforward – black babies are two times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies. The issue is not new but we know more about the causes than ever before. Will society fix it?

After losing her son, this LA mom's mission is saving black babies

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After Raena Granberry lost her first baby, she turned her grief and anger into action. Now she does community outreach for a group that's working to close the gap.

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How the black infant mortality crisis touched my family

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Black babies in the U.S. are twice as likely to die before their first birthday as white babies. KPCC's Priska Neely has a personal connection to this issue.

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