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February 13, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

The Humanities Center is proud to present as a part of its Brown Bag Series, a talk by Janet Hankin, Sociology, Professor; Sandra L. King, Sociology, PhD Candidate


In 2017, 137 Detroit infants died before the age of one, resulting in an infant mortality rate of 14.2 per 1,000 live births. This rate is two times higher than the rate of infant deaths in Michigan and almost 2.5 times higher than the national Infant Mortality Rate. The most common causes of infant death will be described.  We will explain how the City of Detroit Fetal Infant Mortality Review-Case Review Team examines and discusses factors associated with selected cases of infant deaths for the purpose of identifying gaps in care and services that could potentially prevent future deaths. The Team’s policy recommendations to prevent infant deaths and to provide follow-up care to the bereaved family will be described.  These recommendations include providing free drugs for infants whose mothers are HIV/AIDS positive, promoting safe sleep, encouraging continuity of prenatal, postnatal, and pediatric care, offering grief/bereavement counseling, and training health providers and first responders.  We will describe how the FIMR team works to reduce the high IMR in Detroit.

These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea, and cake!

For more information about this event, please contact Humanities Center at 3135775471 or