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CHARTS Community Spotlight Orange County Creating Innovative Partnerships to Tackle High Infant Mortality

 Dr. Andrew Daire, Director 
                of the UCF Marriage and Family Research Institute, delivers a 
                workshop as part of the EI.
Dr. Andrew Daire, Director of the UCF Marriage and Family Research Institute, delivers a workshop as part of the EI.
Orange County is challenged with high infant mortality rates and the Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) is working with partners to change it. Though the county experienced a slight dip in the overall infant mortality rate last year, 2013 saw an increase in the rate from 6.9 deaths per 1,000 births to 7.5 deaths. At a stunning rate of 13.5 infant deaths per 1,000 births, Black babies in Orange County experienced nearly a 2 point increase in the rate. DOH-Orange Health Director, Kevin Sherin, MD, MPH, MBA, calls the rates “unacceptable” and is leading the effort to strengthen and create new community partnerships to aggressively lower the infant mortality rate.
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  • In 2013, the infant mortality rate in Florida was 6.1 per 1,000 live births
  • There were 17% fewer infant deaths in 2013 (1,318) than in 2003 (1,584)
  • Cancer was the leading cause of death in 2013, accounting for 42,350 deaths
  • There were 39% fewer Births 15-19 in 2013 (13,956) than in 2003 (22,768)

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