How the health divide impacts the infant mortality rate in North Carolina’s rural areas

How the health divide impacts the infant mortality rate in North Carolina’s rural areas

“I know on my front, we educate every time we come in for infant checkups. The school system gives out information to parents there. The Health Department has high-risk maternal groups where they do prenatal care and they’re educating before the infant is even born. We’re trying to spread the word as much as we can, even in terms of of car seat safety. The local fire department, and Safe Kids. These are all programs in the community that can help reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome) related car seat deaths. So I think the key here is just education at every opportunity possible in breaking a mirror that may exist, whether that be from misinformation, from social media or just information received from other family members that may not be accurate,” Dr. Patel said.

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