October 3, 2013
Office of Health Equity (OHE), Office of Science Policy, Analysis and Communication (OSPAC), NICHD Office of the Director (OD), and Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, Division of Extramural Research, NICHD; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs; Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; Baltimore City Healthy Start; First Candle; National Healthy Start Association; NIH Federal Credit Union; NIH Recreation & Welfare Association (R&W); Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Office of Research Services, Division of Amenities and Transportation Services
NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, Maryland
In recognition of the many contributions NICHD research has made in improving the health of women and children, the Institute welcomes all HHS staff and their families to the 4th 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.
The NIH is committed to conducting and supporting research that reduces the high U.S. infant mortality rate, and the disparate rates that impact communities of color. The event will begin in front of Building 1 on the NIH main campus at 11:00 a.m. This event aims to raise awareness about infant mortality, particularly in those communities where the rates are above the US average. During this event we will highlight ongoing research efforts supported by NICHD in addressing this public health concern.
Agenda information will be available soon.
Dr. Regina James, OHE, OD, NICHD
Tel: (301) 435-2692