TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For every 1,000 babies born in Florida each year, just 6.4 of them die while still in infancy.
According to the Department of Health it is the lowest rate ever and marks a 33 percent drop since 1990 and programs like Healthy Start could be a reason for the decrease.
"The success of decreasing the infant mortality rate is attributed to multiple factors like working with systems of care, quality providers and effective health messages," said Betsy Wood, the department's division director for community health promotion.
Pregant women in Florida are able to get risk screenings through state and federal Healthy Start programs that help identify risks of poor birth. Newborns can be screened for risks of health problems and poor developmental outcomes.
In a release, the department said, "In addition, a Healthy Start Medicaid waiver, a Family Planning Medicaid waiver and multiple programs funded by Closing the Gap Grants exist to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes."
The infant mentality rate is part of the 2011 Florida vital statistics annual report.
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