Governor Bredesen announced last week that the state has issued grants to address the problem of infant mortality in Tennessee:
In May 2006, the Governor proposed a $1.44 million grant to hire three specialists, known as Infant Mortality Coordinators, who will work full-time in Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga - cities where Tennessee's infant mortality problem is at its worst. These coordinators will gather information about common factors causing increased infant mortality rates across the state and encourage healthy practices among pregnant women during and after their pregnancies.
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According to the CDC's Infant Mortality Fact Sheet
, the United States ranked 28th in the world in infant mortality in 1998. The infant mortality rate for African Americans is more than twice the national average.