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National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Improving Birth Outcomes

Infant mortality is the death of an infant before their first birthday. NICHQ is committed to improving birth outcomes and ensuring every child reaches their optimal health. 

Through our Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN), NICHQ engaged 51 states and jurisdictions and more than 2,800 federal, state, and local leaders, public and private agencies, professionals, and communities to use quality improvement, innovation, and collaborative learning to address this significant public health issue. 

The Infant Mortality CoIIN initiative, completed in 2017, focused on six strategic areas:

  • SIDS/SUID/Safe Sleep
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Preconception/Interconception Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Prevention of Preterm and Early Term Births
  • Risk-appropriate Perinatal Care (perinatal regionalization)

Reducing Early and Preterm Births

Reducing infant mortality in the United States requires public health agencies to work together with healthcare providers, community-based organizations, and other partners to help address the social, behavioral, and health risk factors that contribute to infant mortality and affect birth outcomes.

Through our IM CoIIN initiative, many states focused their efforts on strategies that were intended to reduce early and preterm births (less than 37 weeks gestation, PTB), a leading cause of infant mortality and morbidity.

Be a Children's Health Change Agent

Like you, we have a shared passion for improving the health of every child in every state across the country. Join us in our mission. Take action to make a difference for children now and in the decades to come: 

  • Donate. Give a gift that supports NICHQ’s initiatives that touch millions of children’s lives. Every dollar raised benefits the health and well-being of children. 
  • Sign up. Join our network of thousands of other subscribers. We deliver resources, articles and webinars right to your inbox so that we can drive change in children’s health outcomes together.