Sounding the alarm around the nation: how people around the country are spreading the word about infant mortality

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Earlier this month, we discussed what we’re doing in Jacksonville to “Sound the Alarm” about infant mortality. Here are some example of what people around the country are doing to spread the word about infant mortality, health inequities and how we can make sure all babies have a healthy start:

  • Larry Edelman co-director of California Newsreel and creator of Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making us Sick? talks about how the “When the Bough Breaks” episode came about. Yesterday we mentioned the episode is available to watch for free through the end of the month on the California Newsreel Web site.
  • The Office of Minority Health is focusing on providers this year with the theme “A Healthy Baby Begins With You… and Us:  Healthcare Professionals Take on Infant Mortality.” Their Web site has a section for providers, with information on the issue and recommendation from other providers on what they can do about it.
  • Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown posted a YouTube video with a message about infant mortality.
  • Congential heart defects are one of the leading causes of infant mortality — and now there’s a buzz around newborn screening to detect issues early on. The March of Dimes just added screening for critical congenital heart disease to their list of recommended screenings, based on the recommendation of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children, and the approval of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.