Why is this important?
- Infant mortality serves as an indicator of a population’s over all health, education, and socioeconomic status.
- Infant mortality rates reflect the health of the mother and general well being of the family unit. The variations in these rates can indicate the general well being of specific populations.
How are we doing?
- Infant mortality rates for African Americans are more than double that of any other race/ethnicity.
- The three leading causes of infant mortality are Congenital Malformations, newborns affected by maternal factors and by complications of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and prematurity and low birth weight.
- In Sacramento County (2010) 7.1% of all live births were low birthweight babies (1,425).
Data Source: California Department of Public Health, County Health Status Profile 2010. For more information visit: California Department of Public Health