Healthy Texas Babies is a data-driven initiative. Local coalitions, Expert Panel members and others need access to up-to-date data on infant mortality, prematurity, low birth weight and other variables.
Local coalitions, Expert Panel members and others need access to up-to-date data on infant mortality, prematurity, low birth weight and other variables.
Healthy Texas Babies Homework
Below is a compilation of data prepared for the Healthy Texas Babies Expert Panel. This data includes tables and discussion of statewide rates of preterm birth, infant mortality, access to prenatal care and other variables. At the end of the document is a table that lists the variables for each county. Certain variables are also broken down by DSHS Health Service Region. Additional data will be added to this site as it becomes available.
For information on maternal mortality and morbidity in
Texas, please see:
Perinatal Periods of Risk
A Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) analysis allows a community to look at the root causes of infant mortality among their population. It isolates causes as being rooted in the health of the mother before conception, her health during pregnancy, the care available at the time of delivery or the infant’s health between one month and one year. By figuring out the root causes of the infant’s death, programming can be targeted to the right cause and have greater impact. Texas Department of State Health Services Office of Program Decision Support performed a PPOR analysis of the whole state, each Health Service Region and also the 23 counties in the state with the highest Medicaid population, greatest number of preterm births and high concentration of African American residents, understanding that this group is most disproportionately affected by infant mortality. Below you will find the PPOR analyses that informed the Healthy Texas Babies Local Coalitions funding opportunity which supports the efforts of ten coalitions around the state. For more information about the coalitions’ activities, visit Local Coalitions.
Center for Health Statistics
The Center for Health Statistics at the Texas Department of State Health Services is a rich resource for those looking for Texas-specific data.
PeriStats, maintained by the March of Dimes, provides detailed analyses of multiple birth outcome measures and allows the user to run reports profiling communities as specific as the city-level.
External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services.