A new data released on May 3 show that African-American babies in Wayne County are 3 times more likely to die than their white neighbors.
The infant mortality rate data was released at the inaugural Mayor’s Summit on Health Equity in Detroit. The summit aimed at finding ways to effectively improve public health and also determining how social inequities such as crime, poverty and blight affect health of Detroit residents.
“There is a tie between health and revitalization of any city,” said Wayne Sate President, M. Roy Wilson, during the meeting with public health workers, researchers, foundations and community groups. “Together … we want to come away with something that’s tangible, and we can build on. This is about coming up with action plans,” he said.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, during the meeting, claimed that his administration had rejected companies seeking permits for projects that are unhealthy for Detroit. He said that the city spends more in demolishing houses. Instead of using contaminated soil from elsewhere, the city imports clean fill dirt from Port Huron and Brighton.
“It was worth the extra $2,000 to have our children live in a (healthier) neighborhood,” said Duggan. But the Tuesday report titled “A Data Snapshot on Health in Detroit 2016” unveils something different- Black children dying at a rate three times to that of white children. Duggan’s effort to make Detroit a healthier community is only felt by his white residents while the poor black neighbors are deprived of healthcare facilities.
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