Arizona Department of Health Services

Healthy Babies

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Improving Birth Outcomes

In 2012, 495 Arizona babies died before their first birthday. There are so many factors that can affect birth outcomes including the health of a woman before she becomes pregnant, access to care, good nutrition, and a safe place to live, work and play.

ADHS is working with community members and other stakeholders to improve birth outcomes throughout the state. As a result of these efforts, ADHS was awarded the March of Dimes Virginia Apgar Prematurity Campaign Leadership Award. More about this can be found in the Reducing Prematurity section.

ADHS will continue working with the community to reduce poor birth outcomes. One step was to host the Arizona Birth Outcomes Summit in January. Participants identified strategies that will be the foundation for a statewide plan to improve birth outcomes. Materials from this summit can be found in the Birth Outcomes Summit section. Everyone in Arizona is invited to participate in this process. Please check back for frequent updates and requests for feedback.

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Birth Outcomes Summit

In January 2014, ADHS held the Improving Arizona Birth Outcomes Summit. Over 160 people from many walks of life joined the discussion. People like clinicians, nutritionists, county health department employees, hospitals workers, city planners, business leaders, philanthropists and more. After looking at the data on the health of Arizona's women and children and reviewing some best practices from around the state, participants broke into groups to talk about the issues and strategies to address these issues.

The attendees identified strategies that will be the foundation for a statewide plan to improve birth outcomes. Presentations from the summit and eventually a plan for improving birth outcomes in AZ will be posted here. This plan will belong to the state so that means ADHS welcomes everyone's feedback. Everyone can help.

Note: Information provided in PDF files, unless otherwise indicated.