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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

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Data Notes

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.

Data Sources

Birth Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics  Death Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics 

Other Views


The Infant Mortality Disparity measure is the ratio of the African American infant mortality rate to the white infant mortality rate

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: African American Infant Mortality Rate
Denominator: White Infant Mortality Rate

Page Content Updated On 01/13/2014, Published on 01/15/2014
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