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Black Infant Mortality Rate Has Remained Unchanged Since 2008

Each year in Illinois, approximately 145,000 live-born infants, and 950 infants die before their first birthday. While the overall infant mortality rate for Illinois infants decreased almost 25% between 2000 and 2018, approximately two-thirds of all infant deaths still occurred during the neonatal period and disproportionally impacted Black babies.

  • Infant mortality: the death of an infant before their first birthday
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