Infant death rates decline in Michigan, other trends raise concerns

mother and babyChildren who are born healthy and whose mothers receive adequate services and support are more likely to experience better developmental outcomes. Unfortunately, some mothers face challenges in receiving the care that they need. These include poverty, stress, food insecurity and low levels of education, along with unsafe housing, exposure to violence, environmental toxins and transportation difficulties. The data and research also show inequities by race, place and income caused by historical and current institutional and systemic barriers.

The annual Right Start: Maternal and Child Health report reviews eight indicators statewide, by race and for a select number of cities and townships in Michigan. The 2017 report compares 2010 (2008-2010 three-year average) to 2015 (2013-2015 three-year average) and highlights infant mortality trends in the state. While overall improvement has been made to reduce the number of babies who die before their first birthdays, the rates are rising for Hispanics and the gap between White and Black infant deaths continues to exist by a more than 2-1 margin.

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The latest data on the Right Start indicators are available for all 69 cities with over 25,000 population and all 83 Michigan counties on the KIDS COUNT Data Center.


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