What does this indicator measure?

This measure represents the percent of live births that occurred prior to 37 weeks gestation (i.e., premature).

Why is this indicator important?

One of every 8 infants born in the United States is preterm. It is the most frequent cause of infant death, the leading cause of long-term neurological disabilities in children, and costs the U.S. health care system more than $26 billion each year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

About the data

Community: Sullivan County

Reference: Indiana

Goal: Healthy People 2020

Measurement Period: 2014

Category: Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health

Community Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Reference Source: Indiana State Department of Health