Public Health Worker Perceptions of Black Infant Mortality in Dayton

Title

Public Health Worker Perceptions of Black Infant Mortality in Dayton

Authors

Presenter(s)

Shyanne Smith

Files

Description

Constructing a study around the perceptions of black infant mortality from the very public health workers of Dayton allows a look at what rates currently exist and why it should matter. I sat down with several employees of the Public Health Department of Montgomery County for a 25-30 minute interview to get their perceptions of why black infant mortality is so high. Looking at black infant mortality rates from other states and cities gives a wider scope of the factors that contribute to them. Dayton Public health workers see preterm birth, high blood pressure, and racism, to name a few, as the major issue(s) here and express a hope that providing adequate resources and education can help stabilize and lower black infant mortality rates. If the rates are so high and worrisome that similar issues from research studies all over the country, and from earlier years, are being repeated in Dayton and are well known by the health workers here, it sheds a light on those causes and ultimately points people towards the main issues.

Publication Date

4-22-2021

Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Laura M. Leming

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Keywords

Stander Symposium Posters, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Reduced Inequalities

Public Health Worker Perceptions of Black Infant Mortality in Dayton

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