Infant Mortality in Kansas

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The Problem

Each year, approximately 300 Kansas babies die before their first birthday. This represents an infant mortality rate of more than 7 deaths for every 1,000 live births.

Thirty years ago, Kansas’ infant mortality rate compared favorably to other states. In recent years, Kansas’ infant mortality rate has stagnated while the US rate has continued to decline. Furthermore, while many states have made progress closing the mortality gap between black and white infants, Kansas has not.


What We're Doing

In 2009, the Kansas Blue Ribbon Panel on Infant Mortality was formed to tackle this problem. The Panel brings together several organizations in Kansas with a broad range of expertise, including many that have been working for years to address infant mortality risk factors and improve birth outcomes. The Panel has helped focus efforts among partners and generated new collaborative initiatives. For more information, we invite you to explore this website, or contact us at Infantmortality@kdheks.gov or 1-800-332-6262.