New Low in U.S. Infant Mortality Rate
The infant mortality rate in the U.S. dropped 2.3 percent to a historic low in 2014, according to new federal data. The reduction means more children will get off to a strong, healthy start in life, leading to better long-term health outcomes.
The U.S. infant mortality rate is now 5.82 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate has been steadily declining since a peak in 2005.
“This is wonderful news, and it reinforces that the collaborative work happening by organizations and agencies to implement preventative strategies to reduce infant mortality—like reducing non-medically indicated early deliveries and preventing preterm birth—is having an impact,” says NICHQ CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP.
One concern, however, is that equity gaps remain. The infant mortality rate for African Americans is still nearly double that of Caucasians. And, the leading causes of infant death remain unchanged. The top five are: congenital malformations, low birth weight, maternal complications, sudden infant death syndrome and unintended injuries.
NICHQ is leading the national Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN), along with the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The project engages federal, state and local leaders, public and private agencies, professionals and communities to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes through quality improvement, innovation and collaborative learning. The states in the Infant Mortality CoIIN have identified six strategy areas to focus the collective work:
- Improve safe sleep practices
- Reduce smoking before, during and/or after pregnancy
- Optimize pre- and interconception care
- Prevent preterm and early term births
- Support risk-appropriate perinatal care
- Improve social determinants of health and equity in birth outcomes
“For years, regional, state and local efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes have existed,” says Infant Mortality CoIIN Project Director Elaine Fitzgerald DrPH, MIA. "The IM CoIIN is helping to bring national attention to how a unified, collaborative approach can accelerate improvements and help more babies reach their first birthdays and beyond."
Learn more about the Infant Mortality CoIIN at www.NICHQ.org/IMCoIIN
NICHQ and the National Healthy Start Association Partner to Provide Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Assistance to Healthy Start Grant Recipients
The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) and the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) are proud to announce that they have been selected by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau to lead the Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project.
NICHQ Announces Exploration of Preterm Birth Rates
NICHQ is honored to announce a new initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, that seeks to better understand how state-level systems change may help lower preterm birth rates.
NICHQ Selected to Manage Content for National Newborn Screening Website
NICHQ is proud to announce that it has been selected by the Health Resources and Services Administration to manage all content for a new comprehensive web-based clearinghouse.
NICHQ Chosen to Lead National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau has chosen NICHQ to lead a national initiative aimed at making infant safe sleep and breastfeeding the national norm. The five-year National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network (NAPPSS-IIN) engages champions within the systems that intersect with infant caregivers and families at risk to disseminate infant safe sleep and breastfeeding messages.
Infant Mortality Rate Drops 15%
As the leader of a multi-year, national initiative to reduce infant mortality rates and disparities across populations, NICHQ is heartened by the announcement March 21 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that U.S. infant mortality rates have decreased 15 percent from 2005 to 2014. The report also shows the U.S. infant mortality rate reached new lows for almost all populations.
Infant Mortality Awareness Month Sheds Light on Growing National Healthcare Crisis
NICHQ today announced the launch of its annual campaign to combat infant mortality in conjunction with Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Throughout the month of September, NICHQ will continue its efforts to bring awareness to the shockingly high infant mortality rate in the United States while helping empower women to prepare for healthy pregnancies that result in healthy children.