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Michigan Infant Mortality Rate Down

Thursday, March 31, 2016  
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On March 30, 2016, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services announce the 2016-2019 Michigan Infant Mortality Reduction Plan, a plan that provides a roadmap for Michigan to continue improvements in ensuring infants thrive through their first year of life.

The plan includes not only goals but also outlines the efforts and progress made during the 2012-2015 Infant Mortality Reduction Plan. According to the 2014 estimate, the state rate is currently down to 6.75 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, nearing the Healthy People 2020 goal of six infant deaths per 1,000 live births. 

Of note, in 2013, five out of every 1,000 Caucasian babies and 10 out of every 1,000 Hispanic babies died before their first birthday. Among African American babies, the rate is 13  out of every 1,000 babies. The numbers indicate persistent and troubling racial disparities.

The new plan continues and strengthens efforts to address the social, emotional and environmental factors that affect health and health equity.

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Source: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

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