Infant Mortality Of Eight Memphis Zip Codes Is Triple The Rate Of National Average

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(Memphis) Two researchers from Nashville are now in Memphis trying to figure out why twice as many black woman as white woman are dying from breast cancer and why the infant mortality rate in the city is the highest in the nation.

Dr. Paul Juarez and his wife Dr. Patricia Mathhews-Juarez have set up a research center at UT Health Science Center and to look at Health Disparities.

Still, they say their study is not about race, it's about place.

"It's not to minimize the difference in terms of disparities across races, but it is to say race isn't the cause of disparities and so we look at what are the causes we need to look at the places where disparities are occurring," said Dr. Paul Juarez.

The husband and wife team are focusing on several zip codes in the city where the infant mortality rate is triple the national average.

"They range from 17 to 20 deaths per thousand," said Dr. Paul Juarez.

They want to find on what is going on thee areas that include zip codes 38106, 38107, 38109, 38114, 38116, 38126, and 38127 to find out what is going on there and mobilize the community to do something about it.

"We have to look at health disparities not in isolation. We have to look at in the context of jobs, good housing, good schools so there are a lot of people at the table that really need to come and to talk to us about what they see,"  said Dr. Patricia Matthews Juarez.

The say if they can find out what is causing some of the health disparities in those zip codes they can apply the information to other parts of the city.

The researchers will be talking to health care providers, schools, neighbor organizations and those in the faith community to help improve healthcare in Memphis.


  • April

    You can be a good parent at any age. Its a choice just like anything else – education is the key. WIC and local health clinics need to start by educating the poorest of the poor first and work there way up. I had two kids in my teens and we’ve lived a very good life but I chose to be an open minded mom who listened when others taught me things. I had a great time w my little ones and enjoyed being a youthful mom with lots of energy. It can be done but Memphis needs more outreach programs.

    • HatesElvis

      Memphis needs to start free tubal ligation and vasectomy’s at no cost to the black men and women of Memphis.

  • HatesElvis

    Notice all the zip codes are in black areas. Tryen to make the black man look bad. It’s the snowbeast fault.

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