African-American babies born in Wake County are twice as likely to die in infancy than any baby born in Wake County overall.
In Southeast Raleigh, where 70% of the population is African-American, three of the 240 babies born each year won’t survive their first year of life.
Wake County is working to close the gap. CityMatCH, a national organization of urban maternal and child health leaders, has designated Southeast Raleigh as one of its Best Babies Zones, bringing national expertise to this part of the capital city to address the environmental factors, also called social determinants of health, and to help babies thrive.
Learn more about the initiative here.
You can also learn more about how Wake County is addressing infant mortality through its workgroup here.