What is PRIME?
In Michigan there are significant disparities in the infant mortality rates between both Whites and Blacks and Whites and American Indians. When the PRIME initiative began in 2010 the rate of infant mortality for Whites was 5.5 deaths per 1,000 per live births while the rates for Blacks and American Indians were 14.2 and 10.5, respectively. This trend has not been confined to the last few years; for decades the rates of infant mortality in the Black and American Indian populations of Michigan have been higher than that of Whites in the state and higher than the state infant mortality rate. The primary goal of PRIME is to create a comprehensive strategy that will help to reduce racial disparities in infant mortality in the state of Michigan.