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Protect Babies in Their First Year of Life

As measured by the county’s infant mortality rate

Why Is This Important?
Metric Definition

Infant mortality rate is calculated as the number of all infant deaths (within 1 year), per 1,000 live births. 

Data source: National Vital Statistics System (NVSS).


Overall, the infant mortality rate in Oakland County has been decreasing from 2015 to 2019. During that same time, the black infant mortality rate was substantially higher than the overall rate and remained level.  

Current Status
Oakland County Health Division has 2 coalitions dedicated to investigating and preventing infant mortality, with special focus on the communities of Pontiac and Southfield. Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) is an evidence-based process to identify factors that contribute to fetal and infant death that is community-based, action-oriented, and brings together local health providers, consumers, advocates, and leaders. Best Start for Babies is a coalition that acts on the recommendations made by Oakland County’s FIMR team to prevent infant deaths through education and community partnership.
Learn More

For more information, visit the Oakland County Health Division

Oakland County, Michigan | 1200 N. Telegraph Road | Pontiac, MI 48341 | 248-858-1000​