In March, 2016, the Florida Department of Health launched the Florida Healthy Babies initiative, a statewide collaborative to positively influence social determinants of health and reduce racial disparities in infant mortality. This project focuses on a social determinants of health approach to close the gap among Non-Hispanic Black and Non-Hispanic White infants. Data findings from the Miami-Dade County infant mortality analysis was used to inform the community and aid in developing intervention strategies at the local level to address health disparities and inequalities. The Healthy Baby Taskforce engages numerous partners to address the complex health inequities present in our community. The taskforce works to positively influence social determinants with evidence-based interventions.
- By December 31, 2018, reduce the infant mortality rate in Miami-Dade from 4.9 (2012) to 4.5 per 1,000 live births.
- By December 31, 2018, work to reduce the black infant mortality rate in Miami-Dade from 10.1 (2012) to 9.5 per 1,000 live births
The sub-committee meets every third Friday of each month, following the Children Issues Committee, at the United Way of Miami-Dade Center for Excellence 3250 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33129 from 12:30PM-2:00PM.
Lead: Esther McCant, Metro Mommy Agency
Liaison: Britney James, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Britney.James@flhealth.gov, 305-234-5400 Ext. 8844
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