LANSING, MI – The Michigan League for Public Policy released their annual Right Start report which takes a closer look at infant mortality rates across the state of Michigan, and the wide-ranging factors that contribute to those deaths.
The report includes 8 different factors: poverty, stress, food insecurity, education, housing, violence, toxins, and transportation.
According to the report, the state infant mortality rate declined by 6.7 percent between 2010-2015.
Nationally, Michigan still ranks in the bottom half when it comes to infant deaths at #31.
When it comes to cities there’s more room for improvement.
Baby deaths in Jackson increased by 40 percent from 2010 to 2015.
Lansing increased its rate by 7 percent.
Those with the League for Public Policy say that infant mortality rates are a good measure of how well communities ensure the well-being of all of its people.
ONLINE: See the full report