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Florida Department of Health releases 2015 Vital Statistics Report

Tuesday, September 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
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~Report summarizes annual data on births, deaths and life expectancy~

Charles Griggs


JACKSONVILLE - The Florida Department of Health has released the 2015 Vital Statistics Report, with data now available on Florida CHARTS. Annual reports summarize data from original birth, life and death records filed with the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics and provide a view of population health changes.

"Reviewing this data provides a snapshot for priority health equity issues in Florida and in Duval County. Infant mortality rates are a key indicator of the health of a community," said Director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County Dr. Kelli Wells. "Disparities in this area highlight the need to focus on equity as we work to solve these problems. A healthier community means working together with our partners to address infant mortality."

In Duval County, the number of live births increased from 12,514 in 2014 to 13,041 in 2015. The infant mortality rate decreased to 7.9 from 8.8 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014, representing significant progress. Black infant mortality rates decreased from 15 to 13 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. However, Hispanic infant mortality rates increased from 4.7 to 7.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.

“The Infant Mortality rate is not an individual occurrence or the result of an individual act. It is a combination of all sectors of our community highlighted by social economics, education attainment, and the community environment,” said Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition Executive Director Faye Johnson. “We must continue collectively to address these issues to decrease and end infant mortality.”

Across the state, life expectancy from birth decreased slightly from 79.2 to 79.1 years.  Since 1970, even with a decrease in 2015, life expectancy from birth in Florida has increased by eight years and remains above the US average.

Earlier this year the department launched “Florida’s Healthy Babies,” a collaborative effort with key partners across many sectors, to reduce and eliminate disparities in infant mortality through a health equity approach that improves healthy behaviors, social circumstances and physical environments. Already, the department has begun discussions with these partners to review existing efforts to reduce infant mortality, address social determinants of health and develop further comprehensive approaches to birth outcomes.

The complete report can be viewed here and all data is available on Florida CHARTS.

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