Child Health Topics

Infant Health

The rate of preterm births in the United States is a growing public health problem. Premature births, defined as births occurring before 37 weeks of gestation, accountExternal Link for 11.55 percent of all births in the U.S.; they are also a major contributor to infant mortality. On average, 6.15 out of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S. diesExternal Link before their first birthdays, giving the U.S. one of the highest rates of infant mortality among industrialized nations.

How We’re Helping

Through multiple projects, we have worked to develop, implement and evaluate sustainable approaches to improving systems of care that contribute to infant mortality rates.


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 MortalityExternal Link. One of NICHQ’s infant health projects, the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN), is part of the strategy recommendations.

Infant In NICU 

Saving Newborns by Changing the Delivery System

Reducing infant mortality isn't just a matter of treating a patient’s medical problems. Treating the medical system can have a significant impact, too.

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