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Infant Mortality by State

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In terms of infant mortality, Illinois is behind the United States and many other states in number of infant deaths per year.


When considering the social determinants of health and their influence on the infant mortality rate, poverty predicts poorer health outcomes.

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In 2013, the number of Illinoisans living in poverty was almost 2,000,000, according to a report from the Social Impact Research Center. 

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New Poverty Data Paint a Grim Picture for Illinois

Recently the U.S. Census Bureau released new data which reveal that 1 out of every 7 Illinoisans, 1,805,000 people, live in poverty—unchanged from the prior year. These numbers are particularly alarming because Illinois’s human services infrastructure, which moves and keeps Illinoisans out of poverty, is crumbling with each day that the state budget stalemate continues.

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The 10 Most Disadvantaged Counties in Illinois:

  • Alexander
  • Cook
  • Kankakee
  • Macon
  • Marion
  • Pulaski
  • Saline
  • St. Clair
  • Vermillion
  • Winnebago

Evidence Library

“Poor By Comparison” – Social Impact Research Center
“Women of Color Health Guide” – National Institutes of Health
“2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report” – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
“Congressional District Housing Profile” – National Low income Housing Coalition
“Data on the Life Course Indicators” – Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
“Who’d Get the Raise to $10 in IL?” – Terpstra
“Illinois Concentrated Disadvantage” – IDPH  
Heartland Alliance 2016 Poverty Report