More than $4 Million Offered to Improve Mortality Rates in African-American Infants and Mothers

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The New Jersey Department of Health has announced more than $4 million to improve the mortality rates of black infants and their mothers.

The Healthy Women, Healthy Families Initiative is awarding $4.3 million to help community-based programs improve services and provide quality access to perinatal care to reduce disparities in birth outcomes.

The infant mortality rate for black infants in New Jersey is more than three times that of white infants, and black women are more than four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications.

The overall infant mortality rate in New Jersey, however, is lower than the national rate.

More than a million dollars will be going to the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative to serve South Jersey families.

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