"The inner city is most affected by prematurity and infant mortality," said Garrison. "I think we have a strong history of segregation in our city and marginalization. I think the health disparities that we see follow along those same lines."
According to the March of Dimes, the preterm birth rate among black women in Wisconsin is 54 percent higher than the rate among all other women.
"A lot of the inequities we see in health care, a lot of the inequities in education that we see, in socioeconomic status, those really do affect people's health," said Garrison.
She says because those things aren't treatable with medicine, it's harder to address the issue.
"For a country that has such great medical technology and access to care, you would really think our numbers would not be the way that they are," she said.
Milwaukee leaders launched a Strong Baby Campaign last year, that promotes a home visit program with nurses. According to the city, 94 percent of the babies in that program were born at full-term.