Racial Inequity in Infant Mortality Rates

Problem:

The infant mortality rate in 63106 and 63107 zipcode area is 16+ per 1,000 live births, far exceeding the 2012 national average of 6 per 1,000 live births.

Approach:

 

Solutions:

  1. Public Transit: Current System and stops seriously disincentivize mothers and impact health outcomes. The public transit agenda should be framed around connecting underserved areas to services and opportunities and investments should be made in areas identified as Opportunity Blocks.  Learn more and download the GIS files here and view the deliverables here.
  2. Transportation Committee: For pregnant women accessing health services the transit system is inconvenient, uncomfortable, and unfair. Health outcomes can be improved by increasing the frequency of  bus routes (4, 32, 41, and 74), improve amenities at opportunity blocks or points of transfer, and hold institutions accountable for serving captive riders. Learn more.
  3. Ride Share: Cities across the country are creating new models of ride share for healthcare access. Learn more.

Checkout the article on the Record about our Social Innovation Pitch Day event here

Progress:

  • The team presented to the Generate Health transportation committee. This group of community leaders and advocates considered and accepted our recommendation to focus on the geography between Cass and MLK for street infrastructure like benches and lights to improve the transport experience especially for captive riders.
  • The team also presented at the Metrolink public hearings about how small improvements in bus infrastructure can improve outcomes for moms and babies in 63106 and 63107

GIS Layer (.lyr) Files:

  • Download and explore the visualized data for ArcGIS and summary of the findings conducted by students during Social Innovation Spring 2018 course. Download the .zip