For this assignment the health issue that I chose to research about was Infant Deaths. I wanted to evaluate the differences in infant deaths among different races. Once again my results will come from the cities of Quincy, Ma and West Springfield, MA, and then Massachussetts as a whole. I choose four different races to look at, which were; Latino-Hispanic, White-non Hispanic, Black-non Hispanic, and Asian-non Hispanic.
Before I started working on this assignment and looking for the information that I needed, I had no idea what to expect in my results. However the number of Infant Death surprised me because of the fact that I thought there would be more Infant Deaths then in the states of Massachusetts than 7.1. It was also surprising to see that West Springfield had no Infant Deaths because but the looks of it when I have been there it looks like a more poorer city, in which probably many people aren’t able to afford medical insurance. However, I know that my aunt once said those single mothers that move from Springfield to Boston, it is harder for them because in West Springfield it is less expensive than Boston, and so housing is cheaper, not only that they give more government help than Boston. So, that can be a reason why there was no Infant Deaths. It was also astonishing to see that in the city of Quincy the only group that had Infant Deaths was the White-non Hispanic. The only reason that could be is the there is more of a population of White-non Hispanic than any other race.
In my results there was no major difference in between the cities that I searched, because both cities barely had any Infant Deaths; except for the city of Quincy which had the White-non Hispanic with a rate of 4.3 in Infant Deaths. However, in the city of Quincy when it came to the Asian-non Hispanic, it said NA which probably means they have no records for the Asian-non Hispanic, or they just didn’t get to calculate that group. The same thing happen in the city of West Springfield, but this time it was for the White-non Hispanic.
In the state of Massachusetts there was no difference between Black-non Hispanic and the Latino-Hispanic, both had the highest Infant Deaths; Black-non Hispanic being the highest overall. There could be a numerous number of reasons why both these races have the highest number of Infant Death.One of the reason is both groups tend to be of low income and possibly don’t have the resources they need to get a medical attention throughout the pregnancy. Another could be that they tend to have more babies than the other races so since they have more babies there is a possibility that they have higher number of Infant Deaths than the other races. Many different reasons as to why this is. The other two races, White-non Hispanic and Asian-non Hispanic had the least rate of Infant Deaths, Asian-non Hispanic being with the least number. Once again there could be a number of different reasons as to why this is. As for White-non Hispanic, they probably have a low rate of Infant Deaths because they tend not to have so many babies, or they put first their career then later on start a family; also they are more well off financially so they have access to better resources health wise. As for Asian-non Hispanic, the reason why they are probably have a lower rate of Infant Deaths is probably because just as White-non Hispanic they tend not to have as many babies as the other races, perhaps because in Asia they are limited to have a certain amount of children. Another reason could be that they tend to be very healthy people when it comes to eating, they stick to their vegetables every time that you see them food shopping. But it could be a number of different reasons as to why this is so.
In conclusion, it is good to see that there is not as any Infant Deaths throughout Massachusetts, it shows that we are bettering the health of Massachusetts and the people are getting the medical attention that they need. I figured with so many young teens having children the rates would be higher, but its not in this case.