Online Program

Eliminating disparities in infant mortality in the US: A matter of health equity

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 1:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Tyan Parker Dominguez, PhD, MPH, MSW, School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, CPH, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Fleda Mask Jackson, PhD, MS, Majaica, LLC/Save 100 Babies, Atlanta, GA
Mark Bartel, MDiv, BCC, Spiritual Care, Arnold Palmer Medical Center, Orlando, FL
Eliminating persistent racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in adverse birth outcomes and infant mortality is a national public health priority. While improved access to and quality of health care services are important, they are insufficient for closing these gaps. The role of social determinants in shaping the health of mothers and their infants is undeniable. Addressing the underlying social and economic factors that drive health disparities must be a top priority in a national strategy on infant mortality. To that end, this presentation will introduce the US DHHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality's (SACIM) recommendations for reducing disparities and promoting health equity by targeting social determinants of health. These recommendations, presented to the Secretary in November 2012, include: 1) convening an interagency expert panel to set goals on closing infant mortality gaps, 2) maximizing the federal Healthy Start program's potential to reduce disparities and increase health equity, 3) fostering federal interagency collaboration to concentrate investments in place-based initiatives, and 4) enhancing income supports to address poverty. This session will conclude with an update on how these recommendations have been received and further delineated into specific action steps to reduce infant mortality disparities by ensuring greater health equity.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify social determinants of health that are underlying causes of racial and socioeconomic disparities in infant mortality and adverse birth outcomes List key opportunities for reducing disparities and promoting health equity through the HHS Health Disparities Action Plan and the Affordable Care Act Discuss the role of place-based initiatives at the community-level for reducing disparities and promoting health equity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a clinical associate professor in the school of social work at the University of Southern California. Within this capacity, I have engaged in research on issues related to infant mortality. I also provide educational courses to rising students on topics related to health equity.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.