October 16, 2014, 11a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Office of Health Equity (OHE) and Office of Science Policy, Analysis, and Communication, NICHD Office of the Director (OD), and Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, Division of Extramural Research, NICHD; Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, Office of Research Services, Office of the NIH Director, NIH; National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH; Office of Minority Health, HHS; NIH Federal Credit Union; Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine; March of Dimes; National Healthy Start Association; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs; National Collaborative for Health Equity; and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, Maryland
The Institute welcomes all HHS staff and their families to the 5th Annual Infant Mortality Awareness 5K Run/Walk/Roll.
Infant mortality is one of the most important indicators of the health of a nation. According to a National Center for Health Statistics data brief issued in 2013, the United States ranked 27th in the world in infant mortality. Medical research, public health outreach, and social services have helped the overall U.S. infant mortality rate to decline during the 20th century. In spite of this general decline, infant mortality rates for certain populations, including African American, Puerto Rican, and American Indian/Alaskan Native infants remain above the U.S. average of 6.05 per 1,000 live births.
This event reaffirms the NIH commitment to conducting and supporting research and outreach that reduces the U.S. infant mortality rate, and the disparate rates that impact communities of color. It also aims to raise awareness about infant mortality, particularly in those communities where the rates are above the U.S. average, by highlighting ongoing efforts from the NICHD and other Institutes, Centers, and Offices to address this public health concern.
The event will begin in front of Building 1 on the NIH main campus at 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Regina James, OHE, OD, NICHD
Tel: (301) 435-2692