Infant Mortality and Child/Teen Deaths
Indicators of healthy children
Infant mortality, in addition to being a child outcome, is used as a proxy for population health. The many factors that shape population health also shape infant mortality rates.
Child death rates can point to underlying problems and inequities within a community, such as the safety of neighborhoods, access to health care or exposure to environmental toxins.
For teens, unintentional injuries (accidents) are the leading cause of deaths, accounting for more than 40 percent of all deaths among teens ages 15 to 19. This measure also includes incidents of illness, homicide and suicide.
Note: Given the relatively low numbers, the rate for all three indicators is suppressed for many Iowa counties.