CEO Faye Johnson highlights need for policy changes to combat high infant mortality rate

Florida Times-Union reporter Beth Reese Cravey spoke with our CEO Faye Johnson and other community and civic leaders about our local area’s “long battle against a stubbornly high infant mortality rate.” Although Duval County’s overall infant mortality rate has improved over the past four years, there are still a number of disparities in certain ZIP Codes. Thankfully maternal and child health is a priority for the Jacksonville City Council and Mayor Donna Deegan, who has appointed a special committee focused on maternal and child health. As Johnson says, “Infant mortality is an indicator of the health of a community and it’s going to take the community to bring awareness to the underlying causes of these babies’ deaths and inspire action to make sustainable changes.”