[Infant mortality increases in minority populations]
Original Airdate: 2/9/1987
Item Type: newstape - edited story master
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Description : Abstract
Hope Kelly reports on an alarming increase in the infant mortality rate in Boston. Kelly reviews the statistics. She notes that the infant mortality rate among African Americans is 2.5 times the infant mortality rate among whites. Kelly adds that the increase in the infant mortality rate was most pronounced in the Roxbury neighborhood. Kelly interviews Dr. Bailus Walker (Commissioner of Public Health). Walker says that the increase in the infant mortality rate is the result of a cutback in social programs from 1982 to 1984. Kelly's report includes footage of Ray Flynn (Mayor of Boston) talking about the effects of cutbacks in social programs. Kelly notes that the state has put $15 million toward reducing the infant mortality rate. Kelly's report includes footage of Marian Wright Edelman (Director, Children's Defense Fund) at a press conference. Edelman says that the US has one of the highest infant mortality rates of any industrialized nation. Kelly notes that Boston is the home to many of the nation's top hospitals. She adds that the infant mortality rate in the city is as high as in many third world nations. Kelly's report is accompanied by footage of women, children, and health care workers at a health clinic and by footage of residents of a public housing project. The video cuts to black for 45 seconds during this story, from 00:01:34 to 00:02:15. This tape includes additional footage of health care workers, women and children at the Codman Square Health Center.
Video cuts to black from 1:34 to 2:15.
Contributor : Reporter
Subject : Keywords
Infants - Mortality
Subject : Personal Names
Edelman, Marian Wright
Type : Genre
News - Television
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