Although the United States is number one in some of the aspects of climate and the environment, we are lacking in terms of the health of our citizens. While I wasn’t surprised to learn that we were not leading in terms of infant mortality, I was shocked at how low we were on the list. I knew that because the U.S. lacks universal health care, there was no way that our country would be number one in terms of infant mortality. However, I did not expect to be number 54, beneath many countries that are not nearly as financially successful as we are. I think that the United States is so low on the list because we lack universal health care and there is a huge gap between the rich and the poor. There is a correlation between income and infant mortality because those with more money can afford health care if their child becomes sick; children born in poverty in the United States are more likely to die from illness because the treatments available in the U.S., while superior, are not available to all that need them. In addition, impoverished people are more likely to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol, which could result in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome among other birth complications, further creating a high infant mortality rate. In order to get the United States higher on the list in terms of infant mortality, I think that the best solution would be to provide universal health care. While this is by no means an easy feat, I think it would definitely decrease infant deaths because vaccines and medicines that are needed would be provided, regardless of income. In addition, however, I think that the United States should promote more family planning, especially in lower-income areas of our country. If fewer children were being born in financially unstable regions of the United States, then there would be fewer infants that are unable to receive health care. I am not sure whether or not these measures are possible to implement, but if they are I think that the United States would begin move up on the list and maybe even eventually become number one in terms of infant mortality.