For Immediate Release
April 27, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Report Summary: Selected Special Statistics, Stillbirths and Infant Deaths Kansas 2010

Kansas IMR has decreased dramatically from 2,795 infant deaths in 1912 to 253 infant deaths in 2010

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics (BEPHI) has issued the 2010 Selected Statistics, Stillbirths and Infant Deaths Report summarizing vital records data on stillbirths and infant deaths. The purpose of this report is to move beyond single-year statistics reported in the Annual Summary of Vital Statistics and provide a more long term view of stillbirth and infant mortality data and statistics. In an attempt to increase data stability, the intervals include 5 years, 20 years or approximately 100 years.

Findings in the 2010 report include the following:

KDHE’s Division of Public Health monitors infant mortality and supports programs that promote access to health services for mothers and infants. BEPHI calculates the official state infant mortality rate as part of its ongoing mission to provide data and information to program managers, policy maker, health providers and the public.

The new report that summarizes vital records data on still births and infant deaths can be found at  http://www.kdheks.gov/phi/index.htm. Persons inquiring about additional data please call Greg Crawford at 785-296-1531 or email at gcrawfrod@kdehks.gov.