Fewer Babies are Dying in Stark County

(Canton, Ohio) – The infant mortality rate in Stark County is down for 2018, according to preliminary data.

According to preliminary data from Stark County THRIVE (Toward Health Resiliency for Infant Vitality and Equty0, the area’s infant mortality rate dropped to 6.4 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2018. That’s down significantly from a rate of 9.5 in 2017 and 9 in 2016.

While the preliminary numbers will not be verified by the Ohio Department of Health until later this year, the data also show progress in addressing racial disparity in birth outcome. According to the report, statewide data showed that black infants in Ohio in 2017 were dying at nearly three times the rate of white infants.

However, in Stark County the disparity rate ratio, which compares the infant mortality rate of black and white babies, dropped from 2 in 2017 to 0.9 in 2018.

Additionally, the most recent data indicates Stark County’s black infant mortality rate was 5.7 deaths per 1,000  live births in 2018. The five-year trend is as followed:

    • Stark County’s overall infant mortality rate was 8.2 in 2014, 4.8 in 2015, 9 in 2016, 9.5 in 2017 and (preliminarily) 6.4 in 2018.
    • The black infant mortality rate was 20.3 in 2014, 11 in 2015, 18.9 in 2016, 17.5 in 2017 and 5.7 in 2018.
    • The white infant mortality rate was 8.2 in 2014, 4.8 in 2015, 9 in 2016, 9.5 in 2017 and 6.4 in 2018.
    • The disparity rate ratio was 3 in 2014, 2.6 in 2015, 2.4 in 2016, 2 in 2017 and 0.9 in 2018.

 

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