Infant Mortality Awareness Month
September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month, and in 2011, the Office of Minority Health decided to partner with local communities, and focus on the role of the health care provider. The theme is A Healthy Baby Begins with You…and Us. Healthcare Professionals Take on Infant Mortality.
To actually take on infant mortality, doctors, nurses, midwives, and all healthcare professionals need to know not only the medical aspects, but the influence of the social determinants of health on the health outlook of the patients with whom they interact. Cultural and class competence is no longer an option. These major components must be addressed in order to not just decrease, but eliminate health disparities. Place, race, and income do matter, but there are ways to account for them and address them in order to have a more holistic and effective approach to patient care.