- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal health official is scheduled to speak about the state’s rising infant mortality rate at Alabama State University.

Al.com reports Yvonne Maddox of the National Institutes of Health is expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the ASU John Garrick Hardy Student Center (https://bit.ly/QzndZy ).

Maddox is acting director of the NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and will serve as the keynote speaker during the university’s Baines-Woodruff Endowed Lectureship on Health Disparities.

According to the state Department of Public Health, Alabama’s infant mortality rate rose from 8.1 deaths per thousand to 8.9 deaths per thousand between 2011 and 2012.

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