Posted on August 2, 2011

Factoring Institutional Racism into Infant Mortality

Brian Moon, Wisconsin Radio Network, July 29, 2011

Institutional racism is a reason why African-American babies die at a higher rate than white children, according to a Marquette University Nursing Professor. Clinical Instructor Kelli Jones says we can’t be afraid to look at racism as a cause for the disparity.


“The majority of what I’m talking about is looking even deeper at before we even get to that point how can we reduce infant mortality?”

Jones advocates for long term health care–including Ob/Gyn–for women regardless of whether or not they are planning to get pregnant. However she cites inadequate Medicaid reimbursement is leading to doctors treating fewer low income patients.

African-American babies in Wisconsin are 3-to-4 times more likely to die before their first birthday than white infants.

[Editor’s Note: Listen to the audio of Miss Jones here.]