The March of Dimes in Michigan granted nearly $1 million this year to help reduce premature births and infant deaths. The organizations will start a support group, allow free rentals of breast pumps for qualifying women and help keep babies safe by providing needy moms with portable cribs.
Saginaw County’s Infant Mortality Coalition also is working with Susan Grady, a geography professor at Michigan State University and former neonatal nurse who is using county infant death rates and other health and population data to map preterm birth, mortality rates and so on to show concentrations and racial divides. There continues to be a disparity between white and black babies dying in Saginaw County, with a ratio of black to white infant deaths of 2.5 to 1 for 2006. The use of the technology will help gives answers to why this is happening.
She also plans to use GIS mapping to show where chronic disease, environmental hazards and crime overlaps, hopefully improving the health and lives of the people in the county.
For more information on the March of Dimes and their work to help new moms, please read the full article here.
Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC