Annotation: This report describes the recommendations for developing a national strategy to reduce infant mortality to serve as a framework for the US Department of Health and Human Services, its agencies, and the entire federal government, in preparation for an official federal action plan. Report contents include an executive summary, including an outline of strategic directions and recommendations; background on the problem of infant mortality in the US; principles for a national strategy; and details on six strategic directions for reducing infant mortality. The appendices provide information on (A) continuum of services from prior to birth to improve the health of women and birth outcomes, (B) continuum of services following birth to improve infant health and survival, (C) opportunities to improve infant mortality through implementation of the Affordable Care Act, (D) crosswalk between action plan to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities and recommendations to reduce infant mortality, and (E) specific actions to increase breastfeeding. Extensive statistical data and references are provided.
Contact: Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Web Site: http://www.hrsa.gov/advisorycommittees/mchbadvisory/InfantMortality/index.html Available from the website.
Keywords: Breastfeeding, Ethnic factors, Federal initiatives, Infant health, Infant mortality, National programs, Postpartum care, Pregnancy, Prenatal care, Prevention services, Program development, Racial factors, Statistical data, Strategic plans, Women's health