Kidsdata is excited to feature new data on infant mortality in California for 2013-2015. Infant mortality is a key measure of public health, as it reflects maternal health, quality of and access to medical care, socioeconomic conditions, and public health practices.
Reviewing infant mortality rates indicates troubling disparities. Among counties with data across time, San Mateo County has been consistently lower than the statewide rate since 1996-1998, while Fresno County has had higher infant mortality rates above the statewide rate. Some of the leading causes of infant mortality are preventable, and can be addressed through education and resources, from prenatal care and safe environments, to accessible high quality neonatal care and safe infant sleep practices. Much can be done to help counties improve the health of women and infants.