Factors that Contribute to Infant Mortality
Infant mortality is “widely used as a measure of population health and the quality of
- Infant mortality means the death of an infant before their first birthday. 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.
- 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.
Association of Child Health Programs (AMCHP), Child Trends Databank (2015), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 28