Policy & Research


Issue Brief—Infant Mortality: Disparities in the Sunflower State

Issue brief #2 in a series of three on health disparities in Kansas

By Steve Corbett, Ph.D., Lawrence John Panas, Ph.D., Wen-Chieh Lin, Ph.D. | April 12, 2018

Issue Brief—Infant Mortality: Disparities in the Sunflower State

READ IT HERE‒Infant Mortality: Disparities in the Sunflower State

Infant mortality is a fundamental measure of public health status for communities and nations around the world. Overall, infant mortality in the United States decreased over the last decade. Differences in infant mortality rates among states and racial and ethnic groups continues to be of concern.

This issue brief describes trends and disparities that exist in infant mortality in Kansas. Key points from the brief include:

  • The infant mortality rate in Kansas in 2013—2015 was slightly higher than that of the United States (6.2 and 5.9 per 1,000 live births, respectively).
  • Infant mortality has been decreasing overall in Kansas, yet disparities persist among racial and ethnic groups.
  • From 1999—2003 through 2009—2013, non-Hispanic Blacks consistently had the highest rates of infant mortality (13.9—16.7 per 1,000 live births), low birthweight (12.5—13.3) and premature births (12.3—13.1).
  • Hispanics, Any Race were twice as likely to receive inadequate prenatal care than non-Hispanic Whites (33.8 and 14.7 percent, respectively).

This series on health disparities in Kansas includes three briefs that originate from KHI's Chartbook: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in a Changing Kansas.

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.