Indicator Report - Infant Mortality Disparities between African Americans and Whites
Why Is This Important?
"Infant mortality refers to the death of a baby in its first year of life. Racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality
in North Carolina persist. The death rate of African American babies is nearly 2.5 times the death rate of white babies. Of
all infant mortality racial/ethnic disparities in the state, this disparity is the greatest." - North Carolina Institute of
Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.
Infant Mortality Disparities Between African Americans and Whites North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2012
Infant deaths represent all resident deaths of a live born infant under one year of age at the time of death.
The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.
Birth Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics
Death Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics