This Georgia Health News article, authored by Andy Miller, is reprinted with permission from the publication.
Blog: Infant mortality
About 140,000 babies are born in Georgia every year. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) aims to make sure they all have a healthy start to life, which has a tremendous impact on the health of the community and the state.
In 2011, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported that the state’s infant mortality rate had dropped to 6.8 deaths for every 1,000 live births.
2013 was a year of considerable progress for public health in Georgia, particularly on some of the key priorities identified by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). But the state still faces many challenges for the new year.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the March of Dimes are reporting a drop in the state’s preterm birth rate for the second year in a row, meaning fewer babies risk the health complications of being born too soon.