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File #: 18-0061R    Version: 0 Name: Investigative Hearing - Increased Infant Mortality Rate
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 1/8/2018 In control: Judiciary and Legislative Investigations
On agenda: Final action: 2/5/2018
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Title: Investigative Hearing - Increased Infant Mortality Rate For the purpose of calling on the Health Commissioner to appear before the City Council to discuss the troubling recent increase in Baltimore’s infant mortality rate and what steps can be taken to continue reducing infant mortality in Baltimore City.
Sponsors: Robert Stokes, Sr., President Young, John T. Bullock, Eric T. Costello, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Brandon M. Scott, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Kristerfer Burnett, Bill Henry, Zeke Cohen, Mary Pat Clarke, Sharon Green Middleton
Indexes: Increases, Infant, Investigative Hearing, Mortality, Rate
Attachments: 1. 18-0061R~1st Reader, 2. Health 18-0061R, 3. 18-0061R~2nd Reader
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
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City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Stokes


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Investigative Hearing - Increased Infant Mortality Rate
For the purpose of calling on the Health Commissioner to appear before the City Council to discuss the troubling recent increase in Baltimore’s infant mortality rate and what steps can be taken to continue reducing infant mortality in Baltimore City.
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For many years now, Baltimore has had the sad distinction of having a infant mortality rate significantly higher than both the Maryland and national averages. In recent years, this rate has fallen significantly. However, 2017 unfortunately saw a reversal of this positive trend.

In 2009 Baltimore experienced a record high 27 infant sleep-related deaths. That same year, the Baltimore City Health Department and its partners launched a concerted effort to save more infant lives and eliminate sleep-related deaths known as “B’more for Healthy Babies”. This program stresses the A-B-C-D method to healthy sleep - Alone. Back. Crib. Don’t Smoke. - and has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of infant deaths.

In 2015 Baltimore recorded its lowest ever infant mortality rate of 8.4 per 1000 live births, a 38% decline from 2009. And 2016’s 7 sleep-related infant deaths were also a record low. Last year though had already seen 12 sleep-related infant deaths in Baltimore City by mid-December.

It is hoped that the increase in deat...

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