Preliminary 2010 stats show continued improvement in infant health

Provisional state data on births and deaths show another decrease in infant mortality in Northeast Florida for 2010. Between January-December 2010 the region had an infant mortality rate of 7.3 deaths per 1,000 live births, compared to 7.9 deaths per 1,000 in the previous year.

Although disparities continued to persist in the region, the gap between birth outcomes among whites and non-whites narrowed slightly in 2010. The infant mortality rate for non-whites was 10.4 deaths per 1,000 live births; for whites, the infant death rate was 5.6 deaths/1,000.

Baker County had the highest infant mortality rate in 2010 in the region, 11.5 deaths per 1,000. Clay County posted the lowest provisional rate, 3.5 deaths per 1,000. Infant deaths rates continued to improve in Duval overall and for all races.

Provisional state data includes births and deaths to residents that occur in Florida. Final rates may change when out-of-state births and deaths are included.