Something going right in Texas on public health


A key indicator of your health care status as a state is infant mortality rates (IMR). One might assume that Texas would be an outlier in this area, but in the wrong direction. Well, actually, this is an area where Texas looks pretty darn good. The national IMR rate (2009 data) is 6.8 per thousand, while in Texas it is 6.0. Better still, our trend is pointing down, while the national stats have taken a troubling turn upward.

Texas is also working on a couple of major projects to try to drive our IMR numbers down even further. One is here:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/HealthyTexasBabies/

The statistics I quotes are found here:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/healthytexasbabies/data.aspx

Here is the most recent report (PDF), with the 2009 numbers cited above:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=8589963294

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