Skip directly to searchSkip directly to the site navigationSkip directly to the page's main content

Health Indicator Report of Infant Mortality

The infant death rate is an important measure of a nation's health and a worldwide indicator of health status and social well-being. It is a critical indicator of the health of a population. The top four causes of infant mortality in Utah include conditions in the perinatal period (includes disorders related to short gestation or preterm birth and can reflect the overall state of maternal health, as well as the quality and accessibility of primary health care for pregnant women), birth defects, medical conditions of the infants, and sudden unexpected infant death (formerly called Sudden Infant Death, now commonly referred to as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, or SUID; many of these are related to sleep environments which are unsafe for infants). These four causes historically account for the greatest number of infant deaths in Utah; their proportions fluctuate somewhat from year to year.
{{style color:red NOTE: We are in the process of updating the Utah Small Areas. This graph view depicts the old Small Areas. This graph view will be updated to the new Small Areas soon.}}

Deaths at Under 1 Year of Age per 1,000 Live Births by Utah Small Area, 2010-2015


Note: Small Area represents Small Area of infant's residence. *Use caution in interpreting, as the estimate has a relative standard error greater than 30% and does not meet UDOH standards for reliability. ^Due to Utah Small Area reclassification, these numbers only include data for 2010-2011. #Due to Utah Small Area reclassification, these numbers only include data for 2012-2015. A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL: [].

Data Sources

  • Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health


Number of infants who died before their first birthday (under 365 days), after being born alive, per 1,000 live births.


Number of infants who died prior to their first birthday.


Number of live births.

Healthy People Objective MICH-1.3:

Reduce the rate of all infant deaths (within 1 year)
U.S. Target: 6.0 infant deaths per 1,000 live births
State Target: 4.6 infant deaths per 1,000 live births

Other Objectives

Utah's 42 Community Health Indicators Utah Department of Health (UDOH), Division of Family Health and Preparedness: Decrease the disparity between the Black and Native American infant mortality rates and the White infant mortality rate.

How Are We Doing?

The infant mortality rate has been declining throughout the past 20 years both locally and nationally. Despite this decline, the problem of infant mortality remains substantial. During 2015, 257 Utah infants died during their first year of life, each death representing a tragedy for parents, siblings and other family members.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Historically, Utah's infant mortality rate has been better than the nation's. The U.S. rate in 2014 was 5.82 per 1,000 live births, which is a historic low.[[br]] ==U.S. vs. Other Countries== According to a 2014 National Vital Statistics Report (''International Comparisons of Infant Mortality and Related Factors: United States and Europe, 2010''; vol 63, no. 5), the U.S. ranked last below 21 European countries (including Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) in infant mortality. The U.S. rate was 6.1 in this ranking which was data year 2010. The U.S. also ranks below the Czech Republic, Korea, and Israel in this list.

What Is Being Done?

Improvements in early obstetric intervention and perinatal and postneonatal care have been linked to this decline in infant mortality. However, there still remain significant disparities among various racial/ethnic groups. The UDOH Maternal and Infant Health Program is currently 1) reviewing data obtained from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) and the Perinatal Mortality Review Program (PMRP) to identify modifiable risk factors for infant mortality and develop appropriate interventions; 2) making health information available on-line for researchers, students, health care professionals and the general public to increase awareness of factors associated with infant death (i.e. the Indicator Based Information System [IBIS] and the Maternal and Infant Health Program websites); 3) educating prenatal health care providers to help pregnant clients cease smoking to reduce the postneonatal mortality rate and reduce low birth weight births which contribute to neonatal mortality; 4) promoting preconception and interconception health care for all women of childbearing age, with special emphasis on attaining and maintaining healthy weight; 5) working with community partners and health professionals to disseminate information on 17P, a newer drug to help prevent recurrent preterm birth; and 6) collaborating with the Office of Health Disparities Reduction on targeted interventions toward decreasing infant mortality in disparate populations. In addition, the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality was launched nationwide in 2014. The CoIIN is a multi-year national movement engaging federal, state, and local leaders; public and private agencies; professionals; and communities to employ quality improvement, innovation, and collaborative learning to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. The CoIIN has identified six strategy areas that it will focus on: SIDS/SUID/safe sleep, smoking cessation, preconception/interconception care, social determinants of health, prevention of preterm and early term births, and risk-appropriate perinatal care (perinatal regionalization). Utah will be focusing on preconception/interconception care and prevention of preterm and early term births.

Evidence-based Practices

Utah Department of Health has participated in establishing a statewide perinatal quality collaborative called Utah Women and Newborn Quality Collaborative (UWNQC). This workgroup of clinicians and public health professionals engages in development and measurement of health care quality indicators and quality improvement projects in the areas of maternal and neonatal health issues. There are a number of other states engaged in such collaboratives, including Iowa, Maryland, Ohio, California, and Tennessee. UWNQC is currently working on decreasing preterm birth, tracking neonatal abstinence syndrome, and issues impacting out-of-hospital birth in Utah.

Available Services

'''Utah Women and Newborn Quality Collaborative:''' [][[br]] Provider and patient education about improving maternal and neonatal outcomes through collaborative efforts centered on quality improvement methodology and data sharing. '''Power Your Life website:''' [][[br]] Public education about how to be at optimal health prior to pregnancy.[[br]] [[br]] Social media for Power Your Life include:[[br]] *Facebook: [][[br]] *Twitter: @Poweryourlife2[[br]] *Pinterest: [][[br]] [[br]] '''Utah Tobacco Quit Line:''' 1-888-567-8788 '''Baby Your Baby Hotline:''' 1-800-826-9662[[br]] A resource to answer pregnancy related questions and and locate services for the public. '''MotherToBaby:'''[[br]] Phone - 1-800-822-2229[[br]] Text - 1-855-999-3525[[br]] Email -[[br]] [[br]] A service to answer questions about what's safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.[[br]] [[br]] Social media for MotherToBaby include:[[br]] *Facebook: [][[br]] *Twitter: @MotherToBaby[[br]] *Pinterest: [][[br]] [[br]] '''Baby Watch Early Intervention Hotline:''' 1-800-961-4226[[br]] Utah's network of services for children, birth to three years of age, with developmental delay or disabilities. '''March of Dimes, Utah Chapter:''' [][[br]] The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.[[br]] *Facebook: [][[br]] *Twitter: @MarchofDimes[[br]] *YouTube: [][[br]] [[br]] '''University of Utah Health Care Parent-to-Parent Support Group:''' 1-801-581-2098[[br]] Support Program for families of high risk/critically ill newborns.

Health Program Information

Infant mortality may be reduced by breastfeeding. The Utah Collaboration for Advancing the "Ten Steps" (UCATS) Stepping Up Program was developed by the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and partners to recognize Utah hospitals that have taken steps to promote, protect, educate, and encourage breastfeeding in their facilities. Using a learning collaborative model, hospitals can implement 2, 4, 6, 8, or all 10 of the evidence-based steps to successful breastfeeding identified by the World Health Organization and UNICEF ([]). A tool kit was adapted and developed outlining best practices, resources, action plans, and barriers to implementing each of the steps. Hospitals that successfully implement each two step interval (up to 10 steps) will be certified by UDOH and recognized through media and public celebrations.
Page Content Updated On 12/08/2016, Published on 12/27/2016
The information provided above is from the Department of Health's Center for Health Data IBIS-PH web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Mon, 10 December 2018 4:25:14 from Department of Health, Center for Health Data, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: ".

Content updated: Tue, 9 Oct 2018 14:58:52 MDT