What does this measure?
The number of deaths among infants under age 1 per year per 1,000 live births.
Why is this important?
Infant mortality reflects the overall health status of a population and indirectly is a measure of the effectiveness and availability of quality health care, particularly prenatal care.
How is the region performing?
In 2014, the regional infant mortality rate was 5.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, slightly above the statewide (excluding NYC) rate of 5.1. Among counties in the region, Orange had the highest infant mortality rate of 5.8 per 1,000 live births in 2014, followed by Duchess at 5.6 and Ulster at 3.9 per 1,000 live births.
Notes about the data
Rates based upon small numbers in some of the geographies can vary widely, making it difficult to distinguish true changes from random fluctuations.National data for this indicator was not available at time of release.