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Black Babies Die At Twice The Rate Of White Babies. My Family Is Part Of This Statistic

Priska holding her nephew Isaiah, who was born premature. He is now a happy, healthy 11-year-old.
Photo courtesy of the Neely Family
Priska holding her nephew Isaiah, who was born premature. He is now a happy, healthy 11-year-old.

Black babies in the United States are two times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies. KPCC's Priska Neely has a personal connection to this heartbreaking statistic. She's launching a series looking into the causes and possible cures for this decades-old problem.

Click above to listen, or read the full story on LAist.

This project received support from the Center for Health Journalism's California Fellowship and its Fund for Journalism on Child Well-being.