Sunday’s Editorial: Too many babies are dying before their first birthday – Opinion – The Florida Times-Union


Too many Jacksonville babies die before their first birthday.

Duval County’s rate of infant mortality has long been higher than the Florida average, our state average is higher than the national average and African-American babies are dying at twice the rate of white babies.

Despite some progress in recent years, there has never been a study of every Jacksonville infant death in a calendar year. That’s an outrage that will be corrected soon.

Three major health providers are going to fund $50,000 for such a study: UF Health Jacksonville, Baptist Health and Florida Blue.

Let’s be clear: Jacksonville’s city budget of more than $1 billion should be able to pay for such a study. Nevertheless, the local providers deserve praise.

The Times-Union Editorial Board called for such a study…

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