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Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Paul McDaniel

Abstract (300 words maximum)

According to the Georgia Department of Health, Infants who are African American are 2.5 more likely to infant mortality rate than White Americans. This applied research unveils the areas where high mortality rates occur among African American infants. The research data will be used to compare Georgia’s mortality rates in Atlanta Hospitals, such as Grady, Northside, and Emory. This project focuses on which hospitals have the most issues of infant mortality rate in Atlanta and if it is higher among the African American community. The data source is from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Georgia Department of Health. Spatial analysis will examine infant mortality rates in Georgia, ages of pregnancies among teenagers compared to adults, and the demographics of the Atlanta, Georgia, region. This research project will also examine where the hospitals are in Atlanta in comparison to other variables to have a stronger understanding of the following questions: What are the road/interstate access to three Atlanta hospitals, how high is the infant mortality rate in each hospital compared with other hospitals and whether the mortality rate is predominantly African American? Applied results will be helpful to local and state policymakers

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Human Geography

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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The Geography of African American Infant Mortality in Atlanta, Georgia

According to the Georgia Department of Health, Infants who are African American are 2.5 more likely to infant mortality rate than White Americans. This applied research unveils the areas where high mortality rates occur among African American infants. The research data will be used to compare Georgia’s mortality rates in Atlanta Hospitals, such as Grady, Northside, and Emory. This project focuses on which hospitals have the most issues of infant mortality rate in Atlanta and if it is higher among the African American community. The data source is from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Georgia Department of Health. Spatial analysis will examine infant mortality rates in Georgia, ages of pregnancies among teenagers compared to adults, and the demographics of the Atlanta, Georgia, region. This research project will also examine where the hospitals are in Atlanta in comparison to other variables to have a stronger understanding of the following questions: What are the road/interstate access to three Atlanta hospitals, how high is the infant mortality rate in each hospital compared with other hospitals and whether the mortality rate is predominantly African American? Applied results will be helpful to local and state policymakers

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