Neonatal deaths in Alaska are at an all-time low of 1.92 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services says it’s the second time Alaska has ranked lowest in the nation for neonatal (age 0 to 28 days) fatality.
Similarly, infant mortality (under one year old) rates are also the lowest in the country, at 3.75 per 1,000 births.
Those statistics, from 2010, show a dramatic increase in infant health since the 1980’s, when Alaska’s rates were as high as 8.3 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Stephanie Birch, with the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership, said “Alaska has come a long way in the growth and development of its health care system for infants across the state,” overcoming ” unique challenges” such as isolation and transportation.