12/31/2012 02:24 pm ET Updated Dec 31, 2012

California Infant Mortality Addressed By Outreach

In the roughest neighborhoods of Oakland, Sandra Tramiel carries a baby scale in her knapsack as she undertakes a profound mission: saving Alameda County's black children from death before their first birthday.

Tramiel is a public health nurse, a foot soldier in a decades-long battle waged here and across the country to reduce the disproportionately high death rate of African American newborns.

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