infant mortality

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Infant death is tied to so many biological, social and behavioral issues that experts see it as a barometer of a community’s overall health. And in recent years, the infant mortality rate for African Americans in Kansas has ranked among the worst in the country.

For the latest in our series "Crossing To Health," Heartland Health Monitor’s Alex Smith explores how the fight against infant mortality has pushed experts to re-examine many of the basic assumptions about what influences health.

Child deaths in Kansas increased from 2012 to 2013. That’s according to a report from the state Attorney General’s office.

According to a newly released report from the Kansas State Child Death Review Board, 447 children from newborn to 17 years of age died in Kansas in 2013, an increase of nearly seven percent from the year before.

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A statistical summary published every year by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a glimmer of progress last year on a long-standing health disparity between black and white Kansans—the death rate for babies in their first year of life. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson has details.

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Updated on 04/16/15:

The building has a new roof, and the triple sash windows have been primed, prepped and painted. A new sewer line was put in place at the beginning of April.

Next steps for the restoration of the baby camp include getting water and electricity as well as finishing the triple sash windows that at one time pulled in much-needed fresh air.

The Friends of the Historic Fresh Air Baby Camp estimate that the restoration will be completed in the fall. The building is located in a city park, so it will be open for public use.

A new research brief by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a slight increase in the infant mortality rate last year.

Infant mortality refers to babies who die before their first birthday.

Although the trend has been downward, Kansas has exceeded the national infant mortality rate every year since 2003.