Proctor Asks Tallahassee for $1.4 million to Battle Black Infant Mortality

[UPDATE] Leon County, Florida - March 14, 2012 -

Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor spoke before the Tallahassee city commissioners Wednesday (3-14-12)

Proctor is asking the city for $1.4 million dollars to battle black infant mortality in Leon County. He says Leon County is in a health emergency as its black infant mortality rate has increased 20 percent in the last four years.

"Aside from charging neighborhood health for services, I think the city should focus its efforts to help come up with solutions and help investigate a problem that's very serious," says Proctor.


[UPDATE] Leon County, Florida - March 7, 2012 -

Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor says black infant mortality over the last four years has increased 20 percent.

He's asking Florida Governor Rick Scott to declare Leon County as a state of health emergency status. He says the resources could help reverse the deaths of 18 babies per 1,000 births.

Proctor says, "It's inexcusable that the governor sleeps and goes to bed and wakes up in the midst of an area that has third-world infant mortality. Nobody should go to sleep comfortable or wake up feeling good about this reality."

Health care providers say Leon County ranks 28th in the world in infant mortality, saying that's worse than Cuba.

Physicians say the main contributors are low birth rate and pre-maturity.

They say the black infant mortality rate is disproportionate mainly due to the lack of pre-natal care.

Donald Michel, M.D. says, "Some patients come in, they may be in their second or third trimester, which is way too late to seek pre-natal. Half of the time they say they had no medical coverage and that's why they decide to come at such a late stage."

Commissioner Bill Proctor has asked the Bond Community Health Center to be the lead provider in helping to fight infant mortality. Doctors at Bond say the the infant mortality is actually going down at the center.

Temple Robinson, M.D. at Bond Community Health Center says, "We have a low birth death rate and low birth weight rate. Our rate is better the state by 200 percent."

Dr. Robinson says education is the main key in fighting the problem.

Commissioner Bill Proctor is also asking fellow commissioners to get on-board in this fight against infant mortality in the community.

Proctor requesting the Leon County Commission to reactivate the defunct Health Care Advisory Board.

Proctor says there are too many medical resources in Leon County to not address what he calls a health crisis.

He says, "I think it could be conquered. If I didn't, I wouldn't ask these questions. I wouldn't ask for the response. We have the talent, we need the money, we need the resources to address what obviously is not going right."

Proctor is asking the county administrator and county commission chairman to put the issue on next Tuesday's commission agenda for discussion.

Click on the tabs above this story to read Commissioner Proctor's letter to the governor and to the commission.


Leon County, Florida - March 7, 2012 -

Press Release

Commissioner Bill Proctor has requested Governor Rick Scott to declare Leon County as a state of health emergency status. Citing the 20 percent increase in black infant mortality over the last four years, Commissioner Proctor has said that this situation exceeds third world infant mortality rates and warrants the focused and targeted resources of the State of Florida to help reverse the deaths of 18 babies per 1,000 births.

Additionally, the Commissioner has asked the Commission Chairman Akin Akinyemi and County Administrator Vince Long to agenda an immediate discussion item for this Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. Commissioner Proctor has said there are too many medical resources in the capital county of Florida than to allow a world class health crisis to go unaddressed.

Commissioner Proctor also requested that the County would consider reactivating the defunct Health Care Advisory Board.

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  • by Why do some want to substain the Welfare program when it clearly killing so many? on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:54 AM
    The best thing we can do to battle Black Infant Mortality is to end the Welfare program which is the catalyst behind a lot of these deaths. Child bearing for profit(aka the Welfare Program) is not a good thing for the black community and this story is just one of many that supports that. Why do some want to substain the Welfare program when it is clearly killing so many? Is it because they care about their people or they care about the money? No folks I have said this before and I am going to say it again, Black leaders are more damage to black people than any white person ever could be. The black leaders are the ones that want to substain the Welfare program even though it harmful to the community. That is not white people doing that, that is black people and they are doing it not because they care about you. They are doing it because the care about the money.
  • by rob on Mar 17, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    This is what happens when you pay people to have children...hint hint government!
  • by Doing for a check on Mar 17, 2012 at 06:17 AM
    They are having fatherless children because it is a government job that pays well, has great benefits and you do not have to be a leagl citizen to be hired on. If they were not getting paid, many would not be having them.
  • by Margaret Sanger Location: America on Mar 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM
    Black infant mortality? I've got decades of statistics for you...And surprisingly, my funding for population control never dries up. Thank you democrats.
  • by TaxPayer on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:19 AM
    It's clear to me that the taxpayers have created this problem and are responsible for fixing it with even more money. When will people learn to take responsibility for themselves and their families?
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      by End Welfare,End the problem on Mar 17, 2012 at 06:04 AM in reply to TaxPayer
      The taxpayers did in part create the problem and are responsible for fixing it however, the fix is not to throw more money after bad. The fix is to stop the government subsidys that are driving the problem.
  • by Head scratching Location: Florida on Mar 16, 2012 at 05:09 AM
    How does republican party values turn people into religious hate groups? My My how ugly is that? 277 hate filled comments concerning children's health issues. Comments full of accusations about people and situations unknown to individuals and so they must be simply stereotyping others. Charles Dickens wrote about characters such as these in the 1840's and what have we learned? It is easy to remain the same old same old, change is hard that is why most people don't care for it.
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      by Cows Rule on Mar 16, 2012 at 06:49 AM in reply to Head scratching
      @ Head Scratching, get a grip on reality and your reading skills. Children are the innocents here who have no control over how responsibly or irresponsibly they are brought into this world. But as the statistical leader in children having babies you have got to put some work into the situation yourself. Tax payers should not be where the solution or morality comes from.
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      by ok on Mar 16, 2012 at 06:56 AM in reply to Head scratching
      Make the situation known and have it come from a credible source. This looks like proctor's own ideology of redistributing wealth. You have not furthered proctor's argument in your statement, only condemned others for having an opinion. I would imagine you are in the "same old, same old" group as well; but I highly doubt you would admit it. It's just your version of it.
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      by Own your own faults on Mar 17, 2012 at 06:09 AM in reply to Head scratching
      Hate are the ones paying women to produce fatherless children. Those children grow up with a horrible lives and you paid the women to do it to them. Proctor is the one sterotyping black people, put that blame where it belongs.
  • by HMA on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:19 PM
    I think that a Blue Ribbon Committee should be appointed to hire a Think Tank to perform a Feasibility Study of Mr. Proctor's idea. This should cost no more than $500,000. Seroiusly: Most likely a large percentage of those who don't make it would likely end up in prison or as a leech on society. How is this good?
  • by Not a D.A.N. on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:11 PM
    D.A.N. on camera wanting mo money. Imagine that.
  • by Wes Location: Tallahassee on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:48 PM
    I think this should be looked at as part of an overall problem: The quality of healthcare in general in this community. It does not matter the color and it does not matter the age---if you live here you should be concerned about the quality of healthcare here. My opinion is that it is dismal.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:36 PM
    If he would pay all his back fees and fines due, then there would be plenty of money for his pet project!!!!!
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