Senator Constance N. Johnson, D-Oklahoma
State Capitol Room 534B
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 21, 2009
Sen. Constance Johnson
Johnson Lauds Importance of Event Addressing African-American
Infant Mortality Rates
Langston University’s Oklahoma City campus
will host “A Healthy Baby Begins with You!” on Thursday,
April 30, at 6 p.m. at 4205 N. Lincoln Blvd. The free event will
be limited to the first 200 people who reserve a seat by calling
N. Johnson on Tuesday praised the Oklahoma State Health Department
(OSHD) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) for organizing
the event to address high African-American infant mortality rates.
According to the most recent data, infant mortality rates among
African-Americans in Oklahoma remain twice as high as comparable
rates for both white and American-Indian infants.
Johnson said the event would highlight the importance
of the issue and address potential methods to prevent infant mortality.
“It’s a tragedy that this longstanding
disparity persists to such a degree in our state,” said
Johnson, D-Oklahoma County. “We can’t expect such
disparities to disappear if we don’t make an effort to fully
examine and address the problem. I commend the Health Department
and the Office of Minority Health for their efforts to highlight
this epidemic and help prevent African-American infant mortality.”
OSDH and OMH have partnered with a number of community
organizations to host the event. Services including health education,
interconceptional care, family support and family planning, parent
education and referrals for clothes, housing, diapers and other
infant items will be addressed at the event.
“It’s important that state leaders
acknowledge the importance of this problem,” Johnson said.
“The complexity of the issue demands that we take a thorough
and forward-thinking approach to reduce African-American infant
For more information contact:
Sen. Johnson's Office: 405-521-5531