In Michigan there are significant disparities in the infant mortality rates between both Whites and Blacks and Whites and American Indians. 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.

Practices to Reduce Infant Mortality through Equity (PRIME) is a 3 1/2 -year, W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded project to enhance the capacity of the Michigan Department of Community Health's (MDCH) Bureau of Family, Maternal & Child Health (BFMCH) to reduce racial disparities in infant mortality between Blacks and Whites and between American Indians and Whites. 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.

PRIME is unique in that the explicit aim of the project is to enhance the effectiveness of current programs, projects and policies designed to reduce racial disparities. We seek to achieve this aim by providing resources, training and technical assistance to staff, building on resources and lessons learned from collaborations with local public health, professional consultant and university partners.