By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 04:59 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 05:00 BST, 1 August 2019
Black babies in the US are still more than twice as likely to die in infancy as are white babies, disheartening new data reveal.
In 2017, 22,341 American infants died before their first birthdays, according to the numbers released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
But whereas less than five out of every 1,000 white infants perished, nearly 11 out of every 1,000 black babies lost their lives.
Infant mortality rates in the US have fallen year-over-year since 2005 but, as is the case with so many public health gains, this improvement doesn't apply to all Americans equally.
In 2017, nearly 11 out of every 1,000 black babies born in the US died within their first year of live - more than double the number of white infants that didn't see their first birthdays
Black and Hispanic Americans are still more likely to be uninsured or under-insured, suffer high rates of chronic disease and obesity, and are less likely to have a regular health care provider.
Healthcare for women in general and women of color in particular has sparked ire and outrage from many public health advocates.
The US has the worst maternal