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HEALTH STATUS - Infant Mortality
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Hawai`i vs. the Nation: Infant mortality rates for Hawai'i as a whole decreased 52 percent between 1980 and 2011. Through 1999, Hawai'i's infant mortality rate remained lower than the U.S. rate. In 2000 and again in 2003, Hawai'i's rate exceeded the national rate.

Reducing Infant Mortality: Many infant mortality risk factors, such as short gestation, low birth weight, and genetic conditions, can be prevented with good prenatal, perinatal, and neonatal care. The use of timely, high quality perinatal care can help prevent poor outcomes.1 However, further research is needed to identify gaps in access and availability of resources.

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Source: Hawai`i State Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring, Vital Statistics Records.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports.
Note: Rates are per 1,000 live births.