December 2, 2013 |
Philadelphia did not fare well in a University of Pennsylvania analysis of the health status of pregnant women and newborns, especially among those who are African American. The city was consistently worse than the state and nation on measures of maternal and infant welfare, and well below national goals. "We've got to stop saying we're the best health care system in the world," said William McCool, a Penn nursing professor who led the analysis. The United Nations has put improving maternal health and child mortality among its eight Millennium Development Goals.
May 17, 2013
Saving lives one infant at a time For public health nurses, it is no surprise that the city ranks fifth-highest among the nation's most populous counties in the rate of infants who died within 24 hours of birth ("City rates poorly in infant mortality," May 7). Staff at the Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership and its complimentary Mabel Morris Family Home Visit Program know firsthand the challenges low-income mothers face to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. These dismal infant-mortality rates did not happen overnight and are not going to go away with one approach.
May 8, 2013 |
Philadelphia ranks fifth from the bottom of the more than 200 most populous counties nationwide on a key measure of infant mortality, the organization Save the Children is reporting Tuesday, another reminder of the overriding importance of poverty and race. Some other parts of the region don't fare well either. Camden County was No. 20 and Delaware County No. 22 in the analysis of infant deaths in the first 24 hours of life for 2007 through 2009. Among states, Delaware comes in fourth and Pennsylvania sixth (counting the District of Columbia as No. 1)
October 18, 2012
By Farah Stockman Last week, my friend Andy, a hedge-fund guru, sent me a memo titled "Three Steps to Fiscal Solvency. " It was based on the premise that if America were a company, it would be in pretty bad shape. We spend far more than we take in. Our liabilities are mounting. Our assets are pretty much flat. Andy got rich thinking outside the box. So I wasn't entirely surprised to see his list of things that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney - who made his fortune in private equity - might do to improve America's bottom line.
January 12, 2012
By Mike Honda and Michael Shank Homicide, other violent crimes, incarceration, policing, and guns are costing this country hundreds of billions of dollars, and millions of jobs, every year. According to conservative estimates by the Institute for Economics and Peace, if the United States were on par with Canada on all five of those fronts, it could save $361 billion a year and add 2.7 million jobs. Given America's high debt and unemployment, it could certainly benefit from both.
October 27, 2011
With so many renowned hospitals, there's no question that the region's vital health-care economy is anchored in its bricks-and-mortar buildings. But several hundred boosters who will gather Saturday at the Union League of Philadelphia will be honoring a record of 125 years of caring for patients by an organization that could be considered the Delaware Valley's largest hospital without walls. As the nation's second-oldest (behind Boston) in-home nursing group, the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia started with funding from a dozen women public-health pioneers.
September 23, 2010
By Marian Tasco and Blondell Reynolds Brown One way societies measure their overall health and well-being is by the number of babies who die before their first birthday - the infant mortality rate. By this standard, Philadelphia is not doing very well, and African Americans in the city are faring terribly. Philadelphia's infant mortality rate in 2007 was 11.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, compared with Pennsylvania's rate of 7.4 per 1,000 and a U.S. rate of 6.8. The rate among blacks in Philadelphia was 15.9, which was close to twice that of whites, Asians, and Hispanics.
June 22, 2010 |
PHILADELPHIA City Council recently held hearings on the issue of infant mortality. Many experts testified. A lot of important information was shared - much of which we've heard over the last 20 years. Let's review some of that data. There is a disparity in the rates of infant mortality affecting African-Americans and others in the city and state. West, Southwest and upper North Philadelphia have the highest rates of infant mortality, according to Melita Jordan, director of the state health department's bureau of family health.
March 24, 2008 |
Philadelphia's African American infant mortality rate was 15 per 1,000 live births between 2003 and 2005. That's more than 50 percent higher than the white infant mortality rate of 9.9 per 1,000 live births. But there's more: Philadelphia's white infant mortality rate is almost 46 percent higher than the national average of 6.8. The picture gets even bleaker: The United States as a whole ranks about 30th in the world in infant mortality. Slovenia does better. Despite our city's world-class medical institutions, the chance for a Philadelphia infant to reach his or her first birthday is diminished.
May 15, 2007 |
Last month, mothers, babies and birth advocates of all ages gathered at Chestnut Hill Hospital to rally in support of the hospital's labor and delivery department, which the hospital is considering closing. Chestnut Hill could become one of more than a dozen hospitals to close their doors to pregnant women in the Philadelphia area in the last decade. For many women, including myself, an apprentice midwife, this is a devastating trend. Chestnut Hill has had one of the lower cesarean-section surgery rates in the city, and it is the only hospital left in the city with private-practice midwives on staff.