MCH Library Infant Mortality Toolkit

May 31, 2013

The number of deaths among near- and full-term infants (>36 “weeks’ gestation”) remains higher in the United States than in most of the industrialized world. Internationally, the United States now ranks 34th in infant mortality1—behind Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, and most European nations.2 In 2010 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), the U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.15 deaths per 1,000 live births.3

This toolkit provides resources to help the Maternal and Child Heatlh (MCH) work force strategically integrate the evidence base into plans for addressing infant mortality.

These resources are organized by a four-part conceptual model of public health

Source: The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University

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Report of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality: Recommendations for HHS Action and Framework for a National Strategy

January 2013

Infant mortality is a reflection of a society’s commitment to ensuring access to health care, adequate nutrition, a healthy psychosocial and physical environment, and sufficient income to prevent the adverse consequences of poverty. While progress has been made in reducing U.S. infant mortality rates, the nation must do more. Inequality is shown in substantial and persistent racial/ethnic and income disparities. Moreover, in 2010, the U.S. ranked 24th in infant mortality compared to other industrialized nations of the world.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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