2:28pm

Mon December 31, 2012
Health and Welfare

Northern Kentucky Works to Prevent Infant Mortality

The infant mortality rate in Northern Kentucky is far worse than the national average, far worse than in most developed countries and double what it was just a decade ago. It’s part of a larger Tristate health problem that the region’s leaders have made into a top priority. Infant mortality – which measures the deaths of children under 1 – is one of the most basic and universal measurements of a community’s health, along with average life expectancy. High mortality rates, like shorter life expectancies, are generally viewed as a bellwether for larger problems.