Data

Infant Mortality Rate by Race/Ethnicity
Oklahoma County, 2013-2015

African American

Hispanic

Caucasian

Native American

Data Overview

Infant mortality rate (IMR) is presented as the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births, averaged over 2013-2015. Oklahoma County infant mortality rate during 2013-2015 was 7.0, representing an 8 percent decline from 7.6 in 2010-2012. By comparison, in 2015, the county rate dipped below the state rate but still ranked higher than the national average.

Infant mortality is “widely used as a measure of population health and the quality of health care” (AMCHP, n.d.). Infant mortality rate is not only seen as a measure of infant death risk, but also as a crude indicator of community health status, socioeconomic status, and availability of quality health services and medical technology (AMCHP, n.d.). Significant differences in infant mortality rate by race and ethnicity are apparent; the mortality rate for African American infants more than doubles that of Caucasian infants.

Data Overview

Infant mortality rate (IMR) is presented as the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births, averaged over 2013-2015. Oklahoma County infant mortality rate during 2013-2015 was 7.0, representing an 8 percent decline from 7.6 in 2010-2012. By comparison, in 2015, the county rate dipped below the state rate but still ranked higher than the national average.

Infant mortality is “widely used as a measure of population health and the quality of health care” (AMCHP, n.d.). Infant mortality rate is not only seen as a measure of infant death risk, but also as a crude indicator of community health status, socioeconomic status, and availability of quality health services and medical technology (AMCHP, n.d.). Significant differences in infant mortality rate by race and ethnicity are apparent; the mortality rate for African American infants more than doubles that of Caucasian infants.

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