Dr. Michael C. Lu, associate administrator for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration for the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, speaks about infant health issues during a gathering Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 in Jackson, Miss., to discuss ways to reduce the state's infant mortality rate, which is the highest in the nation. In 2011, Mississippi had 9.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. The national rate was 6 deaths per 1,000 live births. The statistics are for children who die before reaching their first birthday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Dr. Michael C. Lu, associate administrator for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration for the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, speaks about infant health issues during a  gathering Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 in Jackson, Miss., to discuss ways to reduce the state's infant mortality rate, which is the highest in the nation. In 2011, Mississippi had 9.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. The national rate was 6 deaths per 1,000 live births. The statistics are for children who die before reaching their first birthday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Dr. Michael C. Lu, associate administrator for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration for the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, speaks about infant health issues during a gathering Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 in Jackson, Miss., to discuss ways to reduce the state's infant mortality rate, which is the highest in the nation. In 2011, Mississippi had 9.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. The national rate was 6 deaths per 1,000 live births. The statistics are for children who die before reaching their first birthday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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