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Study: Texas Infant Mortality Rates Vary Dramatically By ZIP Code

A doctor behind the study explains just how much variation there is from area to area and what’s behind the numbers.

Newborn Baby FeetA new study says infant mortality rates in Texas can vary dramatically from one ZIP code to the next, including right here in Houston. Why is that the case?

Dr. David Lakey joins Houston Matters to explain. He’s the Chief Medical Officer and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for the University of Texas System.

He explains just how greatly infant mortality rates vary from one zip code to another in our state, what data was used to come to this conclusion, and what’s behind these variations.


Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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