What does this measure?
The number of deaths among infants (under age 1) in various racial or ethnic groups in Monroe County, expressed as a rate per 1,000 live births and averaged over three years.
Why is this important?
Infant mortality reflects the overall health status of a population and indirectly is a measure of the effectiveness and availability of quality health care, particularly prenatal care.
How is our region performing?
Infant mortality was highest among African Americans, with 15 deaths per 1,000 births in 2015-17. This was almost double the rate for Hispanics of 10 and three times the rate for whites of 5 deaths per 1,000 births. Rates have not changed dramatically for African Americans or whites, but the rate among Hispanics fell from 13 in 2009-11.
Notes about the data
Rates are averaged over three years because some geographies or groups have small numbers, making it difficult to distinguish true changes from random fluctuations. Data for Hispanic births were not reported prior to 2007.
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Notes: Rates are number of deaths of infants under 1 year per 1,000 live births. Hispanic data not reported prior to 2007.
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