Alaska Touts Lowest Neonatal Mortality Rate In Nation

The state is celebrating an impressive turn around for mortality rates for the smallest Alaskans- infants in their first month of life. In the 1980′s the state was ranked 49th in the U.S., with eight deaths for every 1,000 live births. Since then, the state has been slowly working its way up the list. And now Alaska is number one – with the lowest mortality rate in the nation for neonatal infants.

Listen for the full story

Download Audio

Previous articleState Dismisses Militia Charges, Federal Charges Remain
Next articleStates Files Suit Over Pebble Mine Initiative
Annie Feidt is the Managing Editor for Alaska's Energy Desk, a collaboration between Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO Public Media in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska. Her reporting has taken her searching for polar bears on the Chukchi Sea ice, out to remote checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail, and up on the Eklutna Glacier with scientists studying its retreat. Her stories have been heard nationally on NPR and Marketplace. Annie’s career in radio journalism began in 1998 at Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced the regional edition of All Things Considered. She moved to Anchorage in 2004 with her husband, intending to stay in the 49th state just a few years. She has no plans to leave anytime soon. afeidt (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8443 | About Annie