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Infant Mortality Collaborative

Research Area: Clinical research, Epidemiology, Health policy, Health services research, Public health systems , Social and behavioral health sciences
Keywords: Black Infant Mortality

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Robert

Understanding declines in the Black Infant Mortality rate in Dane County and its implications for reducing racial disparities in infant mortality statewide
(Funded by the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health MERC)

Professor Stephanie Robert is part of an interdisciplinary team (led by Gloria Sarto, M.D., PI) brought together to understand why the Black Infant Mortality rate in Dane County, WI, has improved drastically over the last decade, eliminating black/white disparities in infant mortality. This project combines a number of methods to answer this question, including community surveys, community asset mapping, analyses of vital statistics data, and medical chart review. Racine County, with the highest Black Infant Mortality rate in Wisconsin, is a partner in this project. The overall goal of the project is to understand the successes in Dane County so that we can improve infant mortality and black infant mortality in particular in Racine and other counties.