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MI Infant Mortality Rate Remains Higher Than National Average


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan's infant mortality rate is still higher than the national average, but according to a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevent, the state's rate declined significantly from 2009 to 2010.

According to numbers released Tuesday, the country's overall infant mortality rate was down 12 percent from 2005 to 2011. The good news from the report is Michigan's rate has dropped as well.

In 2010, there were 7.1 infant deaths for every 1,000 babies born in the state and that's down from Michigan's 2009 numbers. But infant deaths among African Americans in Michigan was still double the average state rate in 2010.

For that population, over 14 babies didn't make it to their first birthday for every 1,000 births. There were nearly 12 infant deaths out of every 1,000 babies born among Michigan's American Indian population.

The Michigan Deparment of Community Health says there's still a lot of work to be done in the state to bring numbers down to the national average. They say they're working on programs that would make it easier for low income mothers to access pre-natal care.

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