Live Online OVEE Screening/Chat: America By the Numbers “Surviving Year One”

Live Online OVEE Screening/Chat: America By the Numbers “Surviving Year One”

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Mothers and their sons in Rochester, NY

Credit: Dawn Potter

Join the World Channel online film screening and chat that looks at the infant mortality rate in Rochester.

America By The Numbers: SURVIVING YEAR ONE online screening and live chat.

SURVIVING YEAR ONE: The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other nation yet it ranks 56th lowest in the world for infant mortality. ABTN visits Rochester, New York - where babies are dying at a rate two times higher than the national average, and where mothers of color are three times more likely than white mothers to lose their babies before their first birthday.

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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 PM and Re-airs on WXXI-World (See Schedule).

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.