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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

Public Health Information

March 30, 2017 10:20 AM

Dear Neighbor 
Please read the following. There has been much on my plate over the past several months (smile) and my Updates have not been as timely as I would have liked. I ask that you accept my apologies. 

I woke up last week with a house filled with smoke because I fell asleep while cooking. Thank God my smoke alarms went off.  Please! Change batteries in your smoke detectors if you have not done so. Be sure you re-check that you locked your car doors and closed your outside garage door. The Madison Police and Fire Departments want our communities safe. I also was quite affected by two articles describing the health ranking for Dane County and the infant mortality rate for African American infants. I guess just having had a birthday, I am at a point in my own life where the gift of life is becoming even more precious. Allow me to step outside of the formal nature of these District Updates just this once to say: TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOURSELF AND HOLD CLOSER TO YOU THOSE YOU LOVE. Surprise, guess many of you have never been introduced to this side of Barbara Harrington McKinney? 

 Cooking Fire On Flagstone Drive Displaces Four; Nobody Injured
Location: 8300 block Flagstone Drive
Incident Type: Cooking

Dispatch: 03/27/2017 5:49pm
Four people are displaced from an apartment building on Flagstone Drive following an accidental cooking fire that occurred there.

Ladder Company 7 was originally dispatched to investigate an activated alarm as residents evacuated. Upon arrival, firefighters made contact with occupants from a third-floor unit who said there was a fire in the kitchen that was already extinguished by the building's sprinkler system.


Madison, WI--March 29, 2017 - Dane County ranked 7th out of 72 counties for health outcomes, according to the annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at
The Rankings are an easy-to-use snapshot comparing the health of nearly every county in the nation. The local-level data allows each state to see how its counties compare on more than 30 factors that influence health including education, housing, jobs, smoking, access to healthy food, and more.
According to the Rankings, the five healthiest counties in Wisconsin, starting with most healthy, are Ozaukee, Kewaunee, St. Croix, Taylor and Washington. The five counties in poorest health, starting with least healthy, are Menominee, Milwaukee, Sawyer, Adams and Washburn.

No easy answer: Dane County's racial disparity in infant mortality is an unsolved mystery

It's no secret that Wisconsin has some of the worst black-white disparities in unemployment, education and incarceration in the country. The 2013 Race to Equity report brought the issues home to Dane County, showing significant racial disparities in high school achievement, arrest rates and poverty.

Wisconsin has done just as poorly with infant mortality: for the past 30 years, an African-American infant has been two to three times more likely to die in the first year of life than a white infant. That's the second largest gap in the country, and Dane County is no exception.

The disparity wasn't always so large. There was a brief moment in time when Dane County seemed to solve its infant mortality racial gap. But the experts were stumped to explain how that happened and the gap returned a few years later. Today, two local pregnancy experts think they have figured out one of the factors that contributed to the temporary improvement and are working on bringing it back to Madison. 

 African-American women around the country, and especially in Wisconsin, which has some of the worst infant mortality racial disparities in the country.

Infant mortality is the death of a child in its first year of life. Fetal mortality, sometimes called stillbirth, is defined by Wisconsin statute as the death of a fetus after 20 weeks or when it weights more than 350 grams.

According to a 2012 fetal infant mortality review of Dane County, a baby born to an African-American mother, compared to a white mother, is over twice as likely to die before turning 1 and four times as likely to be stillborn.  In Dane County, rates have reached as high as 20.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2013 and provisional data for 2015 shows a rate of 20.9. In 2016, provisional estimates put Dane County's infant mortality rate for African-Americans at 17.6, worse than country estimates for Serbia (5.9), Botswana (8.6) and Syria (15.2).

"Before this had happened to myself, I never would have been able to understand it," said Claire Matejka, president of Bereaved Parents of Madison Inc., a group that provides support and resources for families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss. Matejka's twins were stillborn. If you lose a grandparent, parent or good friend, you lose part of your past, she said. If you lose a child, you have lost the future.
 (Excellent Article in Cap Times this week by Lisa Speckhard)

The 20 Alders who serve on the Common Council are not perfect, we all are civic servants who care deeply about our communities, the neighbors we serve and the City that we believe should be a welcoming place for all.

Have Yourself A Great Day, And Be Sure To Take Care Of Yourself!

Alder Harrington-McKinney

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