Infant Mortality Rate in San Francisco

Life expectancy is increasing for the majority of the American population. Americans are living longer now, including infants.

Infant mortality in the United States hit a record low in 2009, falling from 6.59 deaths per 1,000 births in 2008 to 6.42, representing a 2.6 percent decrease, according to a report.

The leading causes of infant deaths are birth defects, preterm birth, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome, the researchers explained.

This data represent 96 percent of death certificates reported to the National Vital Statistics System from all states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

What makes this data interesting is that according to Health Resources and Services Administration of the federal government, major cities tend to have a larger infant mortality rate of 7.4 percent than the national rate average of 6.8.

But what’s surprising is that through MyHealth of the EPA, the infant mortality rate in San Francisco is only 3.85 percent,  a drastic difference in comparison to the other data presented on infant mortality rate.

This chart shows us the breakdown of this 3.85 percent based on ethnicity and this is important to a San Francisco audience because we as a city have a much lower infant death rate that what is projected at the national level. We must be doing something right and a follow up story for this data would be to explore why this is so. What is the city doing to curb baby deaths because maybe we have a model that is unique to our city that could copied and applied elsewhere.


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