Who and What is IMRI?

By: Michelle Taylor, M.D., M.S.

Deputy Administrator for Maternal and Child Health Program

Shelby County Health Department 

The Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative (IMRI) is a collaborative of civic, government, non-profit, academic, and community leaders united in fighting infant mortality. Infant mortality is the death of a baby before his/her first birthday. The IMRI team, as a group of concerned leaders and residents of Shelby County, are committed to working on reducing infant deaths in the county by looking at the factors that may contribute to the infant mortality rate (the number of infant deaths before age 1 per 1,000 live births). These factors include prenatal care access, smoking during pregnancy, sudden unexplained infant death (SUID), preterm births, low birth weight births, short period of time between births, and low breastfeeding rates. By examining these and other factors over the last several years, the Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative has sought to increase awareness of infant mortality in Shelby County and encourage community engagement in the work of reducing infant mortality. The IMRI team consists of representatives from the following organizations:

Baptist Memorial Healthcare

Binghampton Development Corporation

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Choices-Memphis Center for Reproductive Health Christ

Community Health Services

Church Health Center

Early Success Coalition

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Frayser Community Development Corporation

Frayser Interfaith Association

Healthy Shelby

Hickory Hill Redevelopment Corporation

Impact Ministries

Just Care Family Network

Life Communications, LLC

March of Dimes

Memphis Health Center, Inc.

Memphis Teen Vision (MemTV)

Methodist LeBonheur HealthCare

Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc.

Rangeline Neighborhood Community Development Corporation

Regional One Health

Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition

Shelby County Health Department

Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth

Shelby County Schools

Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

Tennessee Department of Health

The First Year Foundation Incorporated

The Urban Child Institute

United Way of the Mid-South

University of Memphis, Department of Anthropology

University of Memphis Center for Research on Women (CROW)

University of Memphis School of Public Health

University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Division of Neonatology

Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

Fran Craddock

Rosanna Stepney

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