In 2013, Milwaukee’s overall infant mortality rate was 10.3 infant deaths per 1,000. The rate among white babies was 5.3, while the African American rate was 15.6. per 1,000 births.
United Way is taking the lead in promoting healthy birth outcomes in Milwaukee. Together with our partners, we are committed to helping reach the community-wide goal to reduce Milwaukee’s overall infant mortality rate by 10% and the African American infant mortality rate by 15% by 2017.
To ensure we address the infant mortality crisis, United Way:
- Will lead the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Collaborative in Milwaukee.
- Is raising awareness about the issue by revealing how racial birth outcome disparities affect all sectors of society
- Identifying and funding evidence-based programs that will impact the root causes and result in positive birth outcomes
- Measuring the collective impact of funded programs.