Towards a National Strategy
In January 2013, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM) released a report detailing their recommendations for the framework of the first-ever National Strategy to Reduce Infant Mortality. One of NICHQ’s infant health projects, the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality, is part of the strategy recommendations.
About Infant Mortality Rates
The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. The infant mortality rate is an estimate of the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. This rate is often used as an indicator to measure the health and well-being of a nation, because factors affecting the health of entire populations can also impact the mortality rate of infants.
There are obvious differences in infant mortality by age, race, and ethnicity; for instance, the mortality rate for non-Hispanic black infants is more than twice that of non-Hispanic white infants.