October 29, 2014 at 12:01 am

A DETROIT NEWS SPECIAL REPORT

Surviving through age 18 in Detroit

Alaina Gonville kisses her 3-month-old Brandon at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Hutzel Women's Hospital in Detroit. Brandon was born premature through an emergency C-section. (Max Ortiz / The Detroit News)

The consequences of premature births and violence are killing Detroit kids at a higher rate than any U.S. city its size or larger. This two-day report on child deaths in Detroit by Detroit News reporter Karen Bouffard was produced as a project for the National Health Journalism Fellowship, a program of the University of Southern Californias Annenberg School of Journalism.

The methodological framework was discussed and results shared with many experts, including: Dr. Herman Gray, vice president of pediatric health services for the Detroit Medical Center and former president of DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan; and Dr. Matt Davis, chief medical officer for the state of Michigan and professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan.