African American infants in Wake County are twice as likely to die in the first 12 months of life as babies born to moms of other races. Wake County can – and will – do better. Our children deserve it.

We’ve created the Infant Mortality Workgroup, dedicated to uncovering why this disparity in Wake County’s African American communities exists and what we can do to together to close the gap.

The goal is to see healthy babies thrive in Wake County, no matter their race or ZIP code. Over the next six months, we’ll share the progress of this workgroup here. Follow along with us.

Your Story

Have you experienced the loss of an infant? Know someone who has? Your story may give insight to help our team find the root causes of this gap in our community.

*Please note that we cannot guarantee confidentiality due to N.C. public records law. If you’d like to share your story confidentially, please call us at 919-215-1802.

Workgroup Kicks Off September 25

The Infant Mortality Workgroup kicked off on September 25, 2019. Comprising the Wake County Board of Commissioners chair, mothers who have experienced infant loss, Wake County Human Services staff, and community health partners and leaders, this group worked together for six months to find a solution on closing this gap in the African American community.


During that time, the group took a deep look at data on infant mortality in Wake County and the social determinants of health, such as housing, transportation and income, to determine how to improve the root causes of the issue.

Here are their findings.


View the 2017 Child Fatalities in Wake County presentation, the latest year for which analyzed data is available.