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Dane Co. leads statewide effort to tackle infant mortality among black babies

MADISON (WKOW) -- There is a statewide effort to tackle infant mortality in Wisconsin, especially among African American babies.

Dane County and five other locations including Milwaukee and Green bay took part in a simulcast.

They watched a video made here in the Madison area that explored why black babies are three to four times more likely to die than white babies.

Then held a panel discussion.

Dane County Health officials say its infant mortality rate went up in 2008, but is among the lowest in Wisconsin.

They're hoping this event can give them more of a statewide picture of the problem.

"We need to compare and contrast among ourselves to find out why things are going well in one place and not so well in another place," said Dane County Public Health Director Thomas Schlenker.

"Its caused us to focus on the non-health factors that impact birth outcomes," said Lorraine Lathen who was on the panel.

Like whether race or access to programs play a role.

The event kicks off public health week.

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