Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Is Tennessee bad for Hispanic infants?

Tennessee infant mortality and fetal-infant mortality rates are among the worst in the nation. In 2001 and 2002, Tennessee's infant mortality rates were 8.7 and 9.4 per 1,000 live births, when the national rates were 6.8 and 7.0. Using data from the three years since numbers for Hispanics have been kept, Dr. Theodora Pinnock, director for Maternal and Child Health for the Tennessee Department of Health, believes that first-generation Hispanic immigrant infants do better, with the mortality rate getting worse for later generation Hispanic infants.

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