Health issues should be addressed by data-driven policies. At AHRI, we have experts on the role of epidemiology in health policy formulation and implementation. Therefore by applying sound epidemiologic principles and methodology, as well as reality in statistical modeling, in understanding the magnitude of health and health related events, AHRI is able to inform policy development and implementation. The lack of effective health policy continues to affect our health status as perceived in racial/ethnic disparities in infant mortality. Consequently without an effective health policy to address social issues associated with prenatal care such disparities will remain un-narrowed.