Kansas has the 18th highest infant mortality rate in the nation, with more than 300 infant deaths in 2008. The rate is higher than in many developing countries, including Cuba and Croatia.
Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, senior analyst at the Kansas Health Institute, made the following presentation to the first meeting of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Infant Mortality on July 17, 2009. The group, which includes child care providers, medical professionals and public health officials, was convened by the Governor's Office to review the causes of infant deaths in the state and find ways to reduce the number of babies that die each year.
The presentation, “Infant Mortality in Kansas: Sure We Can Do Better” provides current data and information about infant mortality in the state.
In Kansas, as in other states, wide disparities exist between racial and ethnic groups. But, Pezzino reported, strides must be made in all racial and ethnic groups to make true progress in reducing the number of infants who die each year.
The presentation can be accessed below.