What Do We Know About Infant Mortality in the U.S. and Comparable Countries?

An updated slideshow examines infant mortality rates in the United States, including variations by race and ethnicity and comparisons with similar countries. Overall, the U.S. and comparable countries have seen a decrease in infant mortality rates in recent years, but the U.S. has been slower to improve its consistently higher average rate of infant deaths, and significant disparities exist within the U.S. The analysis finds that high rates of infant mortality are concentrated in the South and parts of the Midwest, and infants born to non-Hispanic Black mothers have the highest infant mortality rate among all racial and ethnic groups.

The slideshow is part of the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker, an online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system.

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