Explainers

Infant Mortality

August 1, 2017

Contact

Michael Motley, MPH
Assistant Policy Director
501-526-2244
MWMotley@achi.net

 

Arkansas has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the U.S. at 7.5 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2015. This infographic provides an overview of infant mortality in Arkansas, risk factors, and strategies that can be taken to prevent infant deaths.

Key takeaways

  • 293 infants under age one died in 2015.
  • Between 2008 to 2012, nine counties had 10 to 15 deaths per 1,000 live births. Two counties had 15 to 21 deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • The top fives causes of infant deaths in the U.S. in 2015 were: birth defects, pre-term birth and low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), maternal complications of pregnancy, and unintentional injuries.
  • Arkansas has implemented and continues to develop initiatives to address infant mortality in the state. Some of these initiatives include: Sisters United and the Arkansas Birthing Project.