One of the best indicators of the health of a community is its infant mortality rate. The death of a child before his or her first birthday is known as infant mortality. It is often associated with factors such as maternal health, access to and quality of health care, socioeconomic conditions and health policies.
Butler County is among the top 10 worst urban areas in the state for infant mortality. Therefore, Butler County is part of a collaboration with the other high rate counties specifically working to reduce infant mortality in Ohio. This initiative is also part of a greater national initiative called Healthy People 2020. This is a national health goal which includes reducing infant mortality to a rate of 6 per 1000 births by 2020.
Based on the barplots, there are four risk groups exhibiting higher infant mortality rates aggregated over a five-year period from 2011 to 2015 in Butler County. To learn more about these groups, click the Risk Groups tab at the top of the page.