Teamwork Helped Reduce Infant Deaths
SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Deputy Commissioner for Health Services, Dr. Lisa Waddell, who served on the former South Carolina Public Health Institute’s Advisory Board, authored an editorial column published in the July 8, 2011 edition of The State detailing the successes of partnerships in reducing the number of South Carolina’s infants who die before their first birthday. DHEC announced Wednesday that the state’s overall infant mortality rate has fallen over the past four years, with drop of over 10% in 2009. Dr. Waddell also stresses that work remains to ensure that all babies have an equal chance to live long and healthy lives.
For more information regarding the decrease in infant mortality and links to the report and data, access the press release from SC DHEC.