In 2009, Baltimore City had one of the nation's highest infant mortality rates. While improvements have been made since the launch of B’more for Healthy Babies, infant mortality continues to be a public health crisis in Baltimore City and an area of racial disparity. In 2014, Baltimore City had an infant mortality rate of 10.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, among the highest rates in Maryland. While the racial disparity between white and black infant deaths has decreased since 2009, the rate among black infants in 2014 was still significantly higher than that of white infants (12.8 per 1,000 vs. 7.1 per 1,000).
 Bringing Up Baltimore, The Pew Charitable Trusts
 Maryland Vital Statistics, Infant Mortality in Maryland, 2014