Population Research and Policy Review (2005) 24: 401–403 Springer 2005 DOI 10.1007/s11113-005-0090-8 Infant mortality and socioeconomic status: Comment on Stockwell et al. MARY A. MCGEHEE Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health, Center for Health Statistics, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA The United States has embarked upon an initiative to eliminate health disparities between advantaged and disadvantaged populations in this country (DHHS 1992, 2000). Being able to measure our pro- gress in eliminating these disparities, as well as knowing exactly where and why they exist, requires having reliable data or information to track and monitor changes in health indicators or outcomes. The research done by Stockwell et al. (2005; in this issue) on the relation- ship between infant mortality and socioeconomic status for whites and nonwhites covering ﬁve time periods and four decades for Ohio is an important step towards making that type of information available. Their research is also important for a number of other reasons. Eliminating health disparities requires that we understand how these disparities may vary based on a combination of factors that include race/ethnicity, gender, age, cause of death or incidence of disease, and geography. A dilemma faced by researchers is how
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