Rochester, N.Y. – Monroe County lawmakers are beginning to take steps against the appalling rate of infant mortality in the city of Rochester.
“This initiative extends a number of partnerships that we have already established in the community that reduce preventable infant deaths in the community,” says Monroe County executive Maggie Brooks about a new public-private partnership that will launch a study into infant mortality in Monroe County. “As we gather information our efforts will build on what we’ve already done and raise awareness, educate parents and allow us to establish public policy that has substance because we understand the data.”
The rate of infant mortality within the city limits stands at 11.7 per 1,000 live births, compared to the 4.2 deaths outside the city. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has defined infant mortality as the death of a child before their first birthday; however two thirds of the infant mortality deaths occur in the first month of a child’s life.
Under the legislation the Monroe County Department of Public Health will partner with the Perinatal Network to develop a data analysis model to study infant mortality, specifically during the neonatal period. After analysis, MCDPH will develop a series of recommended actions in hopes of better addressing, understanding, and preventing infant mortality.