STATE OF OPPORTUNITY. Can Kids in Michigan Get Ahead?
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State of Opportunity will be shining a spotlight on the issue of infant mortality this winter. Check back for news, resources, and personal stories.

In-home visits, education for families help reduce infant mortality in Michigan

row of babies in hospital beds
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For every 1,000 babies born in Michigan, roughly seven won't make it to their first birthday.

Too many Michigan babies are dying.

For every 1,000 babies born in our state, roughly seven won't make it to their first birthday. That's a full point higher than the national infant mortality rate. When you break that down by race, the numbers are more disturbing.
African-American babies are twice as likely to die before they turn one than white babies, and in some Michigan cities, that disparity is much higher.

Amy Zaagman, executive director of the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, spoke with Stateside's Cynthia Canty about the slight improvement in Michigan's infant mortality rate and what else can be done to keep babies healthy and safe. 

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