Where could the APRN go to find information on infant mortality disparities?

Professor and Class,In the state of Florida, it was recently recognized that an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse may practice autonomously in light of a general standard of practice. This standard is based upon new legislation that was passed this year if the APRN meets the requirements to do so (Florida Board of Nursing, 2021). I state this because the NP profession seems to be the standard of primary care driving along various parts of my county. It is more noticeable to me that there are more NP practices now a days since entering Chamberlains graduate program. I see NPs as a beacon of health to the community and regarding this week’s discussion post I answer the following:Exercise 2.1 An APRN is working in a community clinic providing postnatal care toa diverse population of families. The APRN knows that there is an ethnic disparity forinfant mortality.Where could the APRN go to find information on infant mortality disparities?The APRN can go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to find information on infant mortality disparities. This information is useful to advocate for patients in order to identify trends which can promote better patient outcomes/interventions. Further, in regard to ethnic disparities, the APRN may use the U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). APRNs can review health disparities based upon subgroups regarding ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and to identify health problems (Curly Cupp, 2020, p. 31-32).What is the ethnic disparity in infant mortality?The ethnic disparity in infant mortality is that blacks have higher mortality rates than other races in the U.S. A report from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health reported in 2018 that non-Hispanic Blacks have 2.3 times the infant mortality rate as non-Hispanic Whites (HHS, n.d.). In order of precedence infant low birth weight, congenital anomalies, maternal complications, sudden infant death syndrome, and accidents were causes of mortality but they all seemed to still be higher with black infants (HHS, n.d.).What social determinants of health are associated with infant mortality?Social determinants of health or barriers include a number of variables. These variables include socioeconomic status, education and access to healthcare to name a few (Singh & Yu, 2019).How might an APRN participate in local efforts to reduce infant mortality rates on a population level?A good start to participate in local efforts within a community to reduce infant mortality rates at the population level is to look at social determinants and the health disparities. Inclusion of minority participation in research studies, education in prenatal care, advocating for access to care and simply being culturally sensitive is key to reduce infant mortality at the population level. This will continue to aide the APRN to identify outcomes and achieve superior more equitable health outcomes (Curly Cupp, 2020, p. 44-45).ReferencesCurly Cupp, L. A. (2020). Population-based nursing: Concepts and competencies for advanced practice. (3rd ed.). Springer Publishing Company. https://doi.10.1891/9780826136749(Links to an external site.)Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). (n.d.). Infant mortality and african americans. https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=23(Links to an external site.)Florida Board of Nursing. (2021). HB 607 Passes legislature – impact to RNs, CNAs, and APRNs. https://floridasnursing.gov/hb-607-passes-legislature/(Links to an external site.)Singh, G. K., & Yu, S. M. (2019). Infant mortality in the united states, 1915-2017: Large social inequalities have persisted for over a century. International journal of MCH and AIDS, 8(1), 19–31. https://doi.org/10.21106/ijma.271(Links to an external site.)ReplyReply to Comment