Report: Child death rates in Illinois reveal racial, county disparities

Report: Child death rates in Illinois reveal racial, county disparities

While the overall child death rate in Illinois was consistent with the national average in 2015, the rate masks disparities across counties and racial groups, according to an analysis released last week by Voices for Illinois Children.

The national death rate for children ages 19 and under in 2015 was 52.4 per every 10,000, above the Illinois rate of 52.2. That’s a decrease from the state’s rate of 74.5 in 2000. While rates for all age groups fell during that time, the average hides racial and geographic differences, according to the report.

For example, the report notes that the disparity between black and white child deaths is among the highest in the nation. The death rate for black children was 109.3 per 100,000 in 2015, compared to 41.1 for white children. The rate was 43.5 for Hispanic/Latino children and 32.6 for Asian children.

There were also significant county-level disparities in death rates, with the highest rates found in large central metro areas and the lowest in suburban areas. Rates ranged from 32 in DuPage County to 135.8 in Marion County.

The organization used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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