Michigan’s Infant Mortality

Significant disparities exist in infant mortality rates when comparing Blacks and Whites and American Indian and Whites. When PRIME began in 2010, the most current data indicated that for the period 2007-2009, the White infant mortality rate was 5.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. In contrast, the rate for African Americans was 15.5 and for Native Americans the rate was 8.8. Between 2011-2013, the infant mortality rates for African Americans, Native Americans and Whites was 13.8, 7.5 and 5.2 respectively. The increased burden of infant mortality is experienced by Michigan racial and ethnic minorities.

2011-2013 Michigan Infant Mortality Rates by Race-Ethnicity

Michigan’s Infant Mortality Reduction Plan

The 2016-2019 Infant Mortality Reduction Plan will engage a broad and diverse group of stakeholders committed to a collective effort to reduce infant mortality and promote healthy mothers, babies, and families.

  1. Achieve health equity and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities by addressing social determinants of health in all infant mortality goals and strategies
  2. Implement a perinatal care system
  3. Reduce premature births and low birth weight
  4. Support increasing the number of infants who are born healthy and continue to thrive
  5. Reduce sleep related infant deaths and disparities
  6. Expand home visiting and other support programs to promote healthy women and children
  7. Support better health status of women and girls
  8. Reduce unintended pregnancies
  9. Promote behavioral health services and other programs to support vulnerable women and infants