Sedgwick County has a community health problem that is affecting it's
smallest, most vulnerable residents - high infant mortality rates. The overall
rate of infant death in Sedgwick County is 8.1 per 1,000 live births and a
staggering 18.8 in every 1,000 live black infant births. The Sedgwick
County Healthy Babies program is taking a community approach to understanding
and addressing this important public health indicator.
Project Imprint is a community initiative involving multiple disciplines, organizations and individuals seeking answers as to why infants are dying in our county. Based on data review and interviews with parents who have experienced a loss, Project Imprint makes recommendations that may result in increased knowledge about the issue, changes to service delivery and policy change.
Kansas Blue Ribbon Panel on Infant Mortality: www.kansasinfantmortality.org
SIDS Network of Kansas: www.sidsks.org
Kansas March of Dimes Chapter: www.marchofdimes.com/kansas
Office of Minority Health with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “A Healthy Baby Begins with You” Campaign: www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov
Dr. Michael Lu’s work on fighting disparities in infant mortality: www.jsonline.com