Nebraska Child Deaths
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By the Numbers
The totals through the years
Nebraska has been showing improvement standing guard against the deadly threats to our kids. According to a new report, 237 Nebraska children died in 2009 but that's down 35 percent from the number when the record-keeping began in 1993.
The report comes from the state’s Child Death Review Team.
“The decrease in child deaths is a testimony to the hard work of parents, communities, medical providers and state and private agencies to reduce the number of risks to children,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. He also serves as chair of the team. “However, many child deaths were preventable so there’s more work to be done to help protect our children.”
The top five causes of death for children newborn to 17-years-old for 2009 were:
The Child Death Review Team determined 32.5 percent of the 237 deaths were preventable. Examples of preventable deaths include motor vehicle crashes and unintentional injuries.
Sudden unexpected infant death, suicide, homicide/criminal child abuse and certain medical conditions were other causes of death where team members found many preventable factors.
When examined over time, child deaths for all racial/ethnic groups showed some level of decline. After several years of increasing rates for Native American children, the 2009 rate decreased sufficiently to create a significant drop in their 10-year trend. However, White children were the only other group whose mortality decline over the past decade was statistically significant. Disparities continue to exist and improvements related to health care and education have not reached all families.
Specific strategies for each recommendation are included in the full report.