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SC Infant Mortality Rate Declines




By FITSNEWS || For once, it actually is a “great day in South Carolina.” If you’re a baby …

South Carolina’s infant mortality rate has declined from 9.5 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 6.9 in 2013, according to statistics provided by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).  That’s a new record low …

Meanwhile the black infant mortality rate has also dropped – from 12.5 per 1,000 live births in 2012 to 10 in 2013.  That means for the first time ever, South Carolina’s “racial disparity in infant mortality rates” is below the national average.

Rather than tooting its own horn, SCDHEC praised its non-profit collaborations as being instrumental in helping reduce infant mortality rates.

“The good news is that we have strong partnerships with the SC March of Dimes, the Children’s Trust of South Carolina, and are active participants in the Birth Outcomes Initiative – all of which are working hard to reduce infant deaths,” SCDHEC’s Jamie Shuster wrote on the agency’s public health blog.

Good stuff … and yet another indication of the fiscally conscientious, outcome-based approach being pursued by director Catherine Templeton.

Since she’s doing such a good job keeping kids alive in South Carolina, maybe we should put Templeton in charge of their education, too?