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Reports Are In: South Jersey Infants Healthier Than Last Year

The health of South Jersey’s children is improving, particularly with regard to infant health, according to the recently released 2013 Kids Count Data Book.

The report, produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Advocates for Children of New Jersey, tracks children’s welfare comparing states and counties on 13 measures including child poverty, health, safety and education.

The southern counties of New Jersey progressed from last year, with five out of the seven either improving in rank or remaining unchanged. The state ranked an impressive fifth overall, and 13th in general health with an increase in the percentage of children enrolling in healthcare and a decrease in teen deaths.

Notable improvements were seen in the health of pregnant women and infants. The infant mortality rate is down from last year in Burlington (4%), Gloucester (4%) and Camden (7%) Counties, with Burlington and Gloucester rates below the state average (5%). The percentage of women receiving early prenatal care increased in Burlington (81%), Cape May (80%), Camden (75%), Atlantic (69%) and Cumberland (68%) Counties, with Burlington and Cape May above the State average of 77%.

The news is encouraging to the Cooperative, as it continues efforts to improve the health of pregnant women, infants, and families in the region through a range of initiatives. Cooperative programs connect pregnant women and new moms with health professionals to assist with prenatal care, child development, breastfeeding, smoking cessation and more. Learn more about enrollment in these Cooperative services.

To view the full Kids Count report and State county profiles, visit www.acnj.org