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, right, ... more 
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, right, confers with Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox, deputy director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, left, and Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier following their presentations at a gathering of public health researchers and students, health care professionals, community members and children's care advocates, 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) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Rogelio V. Solis
Thu, Oct 18, 2012 10:11 AM EDT