Statistics on children, youth and families in Connecticut from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Connecticut Voices for Children
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Why This Indicator Matters
Maternal access to and quality of medical care, socio-economic conditions, as well as maternal health behaviors, are correlated with infant mortality, and further mean that infant mortality is a key indicator of the health of a nation. The infant mortality rate in the United States continues to far outpace that of similarly developed nations. [i] Disparities in the above risk factors disproportionately affect women of color, and infant mortality rates are correspondingly disproportionately high among the infants of Hispanic or Latina women, as well as non-Hispanic Black or African American women. From 2013-2015 nationwide, infant mortality rates ranged from 4.28 deaths per 1,000 live births in Massachusetts to 9.08 deaths per 1,000 live births in Mississippi.[ii] During the 2017-2019 period, for which data on Connecticut’s 169 towns is most recently available, rates ranged from 0 to 9.32 (Westbrook) deaths per 1,000 live births.
[i] MacDorman, M. F., Mathews, T. J., Mohangoo, A. D., & Zeitlin, J. (2014). International comparisons of infant mortality and related factors: United States and Europe, 2010.
[ii] Mathews, T. J., Ely, D. M., & Driscoll, A. K. (2018). State variations in infant mortality by race and Hispanic origin of mother, 2013–2015.
Definition and Source
This indicator reports the number of deaths of infants under 1 year of age and the rate of infant mortality per 1,000 live births.
NA: Not Available
S: Data Suppressed
The data source has not published new data for this indicator in recent years, but the indicator will be updated on the KIDS COUNT Data Center if or when new data are released. Until then, these data may provide useful historical information for those working in this field.
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