Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mayor Gray to announce new infant mortality reduction effort Sept. 22

Mayor Vincent C. Gray will talk about the Clinton Global Initiative's new infant mortality effort, Stronger2gether Initiative, in New York City Monday, September 22 from 9:00 – 11:00 am.   At that time, Mayor Gray will also announce the launch of the District's Stronger2gether Initiative.

Follow the mayor and the announcement online to learn more and share the good news that DC is taking on infant mortality:

Mayor Gray and Aegis Health Security, according to a Friday, September 19 press release,

will announce the Clinton Global Initiative's new commitment, Stronger2gether – One City 4 Healthier Babies, to improve maternal and child-health outcomes for the city as a model for urban communities. The Mayor's strong commitment to reducing the infant mortality rate in the District has put him in a highly selective group of global government leaders who will launch health-related initiatives at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting this year.
Background on the partnership between DC government and Aegis:
The District government has partnered with Aegis Health Security, a global management-consulting firm with experience assisting governments improve health, to launch the District’s Stronger2gether Initiative. This is a public-private partnership with over 40 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment partners to reduce infant mortality in the District utilizing innovative analytics, best clinical practices and the mobilization of partners to create a culture of health and help babies get to their first birthday healthy and ready to thrive. The infant mortality rate (IMR) in the United States exceeds that of most other developed countries. According to the World Bank, in 2012 the U.S. ranked 32nd in the world in infant mortality, at 6.05 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. While the District has made significant progress in reducing its IMR in recent years, it remains above the national average at 7.4. The CGI partnership aims to reduce the District’s IMR to 5.0 by 2020 and eliminate disparities across social determinants of health.

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