Report: Tennessee has 8th highest infant mortality rate in nation

According to a report released Wednesday by the nonprofit Tennessee Justice Center, an average of 7.4 out of 1,000 infants in Tennessee die before reaching their first birthday.

News Story (Tennessee)

Zach Vance
Johnson City Press
September 26, 2018

Tags: Infant Mortality

Organizations mentioned/involved: Tennessee Justice Center


“We wanted to highlight this issue particularly since September was National Infant Mortality Awareness Month,” Kinika Young, director of children’s health at the Tennessee Justice Center, said.

“We also wanted to draw attention to some of the likely culprits for these high rates and some potential solutions, including some things currently going on, as well as some opportunities that Tennessee could take advantage of to address the contributing factors and improve health outcomes for children and pregnant women.”