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Infant Mortality Candle Tribute

Infant mortality candle tribute during a Milwaukee LIHF meeting

Dr. Willis and Clarene Mitchell initiated a candle tribute at the Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative meetings to give honor to infants who have died in Milwaukee and serve as a focal point prior to each meeting.

The candles are set up to vividly show the disparities between black and white infant deaths; black babies in Milwaukee die three times more often than white babies, a statistic that is worse than some developing countries.

PHOTO: Candle tribute during a Milwaukee LIHF meeting. Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, MCW Health Equity Director, is shown with Patricia McManus, MD, President and CEO of Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin.
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Page Updated 07/28/2014