According to the most recent Delaware Department of Public Health (DPH) statistics, more than twice as many black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants.
Between 2014 and 2018 Delaware’s black infant mortality rate was 12.2 deaths per 1,000 live births and the white infant mortality rate was 4.5 deaths per 1,000 live births.
In an effort to reduce those numbers in the state's African-American community, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is providing mini-grants totaling $327,925 to six community based organizations.
“While we have seen a 22% reduction in our infant mortality rates from 2000-2018, babies born to black women are still 2.7 times more likely to die than babies born to white women,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.
“We identified geographic areas in Delaware with high infant mortality rates and are focusing our attention to offering needed services in these defined ZIP codes to address this unconscionable disparity," said Rattay.
The grant awardees are Delaware Adolescent Program Inc. (DAPI), Reach Riverside Development Corporation (REACH), Rose Hill Community Center Women's Wellness Program, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence Community Health Worker Collaborative Project, Delaware Multicultural and Civic Organization, and the Hispanic American Association of Delaware.
In 2017, the U.S. black infant mortality rate was 10.97 per 1,000 live births and the white infant mortality rate was 4.67 per 1,000 live births.