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Mayor Barrett to host event focused on lowering infant mortality rates

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mayor Barrett to host event focused on lowering infant mortality rates

By Bryan Dee. CREATED Sep 20, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Mayor Tom Barrett will host the Safe Sleep Clergy Breakfast Saturday morning, September 21, to spread the message of safe infant sleep in Milwaukee. Local faith leaders and health experts will join the mayor at the Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Atrium from 9-10 a.m. for the event.

Data show that 15-20% of infant deaths in Milwaukee are due to unsafe sleeping environments.

The breakfast precedes the third annual Safe Sleep Sabbath, which is set to take place on Sunday, October 13. The Safe Sleep Sabbath is the day on which faith leaders pledge to spread the safe sleep message with their communities.

Several guests will speak alongside the mayor including the Milwaukee Commissioner of Health Bevan K. Baker, the Director of Community Services at Columbia St. Mary’s Bill Solberg, Bishop C.H. McClelland of the Church of God in Christ Northwest Jurisdiction, and Pastor Fuller of the General Baptist State Convention of Wisconsin, Inc.

Mayor Barrett has made it a priority to lower Milwaukee’s infant mortality rate. He aims for a 10% decrease in the overall infant mortality rate and a 15% decrease in the African-American infant mortality rate by 2017.

According to preliminary data from 2012, the mayor is on his way to his goal. 96 infants died before their first birthday last year, the lowest ever number of infant deaths on record in Milwaukee.

More information about the event and the Safe Sleep Sabbath can be found at www.safesleepsabbath.org