America By the Numbers “Surviving Year One” Screening: Event Full

America By the Numbers “Surviving Year One” Screening: Event Full

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:15pm

Mothers and their sons in Rochester, NY

Credit: Dawn Potter

Join us for a free screen of a film that looks at the infant mortality rate in Rochester, followed by a panel discussion led by Maria Hinojosa. We're sorry but the event is now FULL. Other options: Online Screening 11/17 & On TV &  On-Demand on the web at this site on 11/17.

AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS, a new documentary series on WXXI-TV, focuses on the dramatic demographic shifts taking place in this country. Producers recently traveled to Upstate New York to find out why the infant mortality rate in Rochester was two times higher than the national average.

On Thursday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m. WXXI will host a free screening of “Surviving Year One” at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY), followed by a panel discussion led by Maria Hinojosa, host of AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS from 7:00-8:15 p.m. We're sorry but the event is now FULL due to limited seating. (If you are registered, please bring your ticket print out with you.)

Award-winning journalist and Futuro Media Group founder Hinojosa will moderate a panel which includes individuals from the “Surviving Year One”, including Dr. Jeff Kaczorowski founder of the Children’s Agenda; Sasha Fontanez, mother and community member; Heidi Loomis from Nurse-Family Partnership for Monroe County Health; and Yolanda Sayres, outreach coordinator for the Perinatal Network of Monroe County.

This special event was made possible with support from Futuro Media Group and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

Additional support made possible by: 

More about the episode “Surviving Year One”:
“Surviving Year One” explores how race, ethnicity, and economic well-being impact the life expectancy of newborn children in America. Anchor Maria Hinojosa travels to Rochester, New York to uncover the mystery of why a disproportionate number of African American and Latino babies born there are dying before their first birthdays. “Surviving Year One” examines the myriad factors that may be to blame—including poverty, poor nutrition and quality of life, and stress. “Surviving Year One” airs on WXXI-TV Saturday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Watch the trailer:

The program begins its investigation of high infant mortality rates among mothers of color across the tracks from Rochester’s areas of economic growth, in a neighborhood where people of color are concentrated. Residents here report experiencing daily crime, staggering poverty, and a challenged school system. Viewers also meet LaQuitta Hall, an African American, and Sasha Fontanez, a young Latina mom, who have both lost babies—one to low-weight premature birth, the other to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or “crib death.” Dr. Jeff Kaczorowski, a pediatrician and advocate for children, describes how environmental, social, and economic factors affect an infant’s life. He introduces us to controversial new research demonstrating that maternal and fetal health may suffer from the effects of “toxic stress,” associated with low incomes and lifelong exposure to racism. Also featured are some of the foot soldiers in Rochester’s campaign to reverse the city’s high infant mortality rate, such as health advocate Yolanda Sayers, who walks the targeted City neighborhoods to share information and services in an effort to improve the chances of survival for Rochester’s most vulnerable children.