Infant mortality reflects the overall status of maternal health, plus healthcare availability to pregnant women and their infants. The National Kids Count program data are reported for infant deaths <1-year per 1,000 live births (by place of residence, and not place of death) on a 3-year average. Nevada ranked 29h in the county with a -2% change in the infant mortality rate from 2000-2006; moved to 16th in the 3-year average starting with the 2009 rankings; and to 15th with the 2017 rankings. And as reported in Nevada’s DHHS 2017 Fact Book, Nevada and the US each had 6 infant mortality deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016 (data is preliminary).
Washoe County continues to be higher than the national Health People 2020 target for less than 6.0 deaths per 1,000 live births.