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The problem of infant deaths is a complex and, in many ways, mysterious challenge. While leading national and international researchers continue to search for answers, our community cannot wait. We must use the knowledge we have now and take action to prevent as many infant deaths as possible.

In 2006, the United Way of Forsyth County invited the Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition to collaborate in a process to establish a community-wide strategic plan for reducing infant deaths. Members of the United Way Impact Council on Infant Mortality went through the very difficult process of: 1) identifying which types of infant deaths occur most frequently in our community, 2) reviewing national best practices to determine what outcomes were most likely to make a difference, and then 3) prioritizing which outcomes to focus on first if we want to change our community for the better.

Each infant death is a crisis; each grieving family will never be the same. The purpose of this plan is to provide direction for Forsyth County, N.C. so that we can address the pieces of the problem that we do know how to solve - today.

Contact Information

The Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition is a community partnership housed within the Forsyth County Department of Public Health.

(336) 703-3260

Did You Know . . .

Birth defects are the second leading cause of death for local infants.