Cooper Calls For 'Action Plan' To Address Infant Mortality

Cooper Calls For 'Action Plan' To Address Infant Mortality

10:34am Aug 31, 2018
Governor Roy Cooper addresses a Triad audience in February 2017. KERI BROWN/WFDD

Governor Roy Cooper wants to tackle North Carolina’s infant mortality rate, which is one of the worst in the nation. 

The governor issued an executive order this week, calling for an “action plan” to lower infant mortality and improve health conditions by 2025.

Creating a master plan will be in the hands of the 25-member North Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council. The Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to have an early draft ready and available for public comment by November 1st.  

Cooper wants the plan to encompass a variety of early childhood issues including food insecurity, foster care and the high number of children living in low-income households.

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