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UWM Professor Works To Reduce Racine's Infant Mortality Rate

Jon Strelecki
Tom Luljak and Teresa Johnson

For many years, the City of Racine has struggled with a high rate of infant mortality.

At one time Racine’s black infants died nearly 4 times more often than white infants. While there has been improvement, today if you are a black mother in that city - your infant is still 3 times more likely to die before their first birthday when compared to that of a white infant.

To deal with those dire statistics, a UW-Milwaukee nursing professor has taken the lead in starting a program aimed at helping black mothers have healthier babies. Teresa Johnson is an associate professor of nursing at UWM’ College of Nursing and is the guest on this episode of UWM Today.

Tom Luljak hosted UWM Today on WUWM for more than two decades and is the inaugural host of Curious Campus.