Florida remained at a “C” grade while Duval County received a “D” in the 2016 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card, released during Prematurity Awareness Month.
Duval County had a preterm birth rate of 11.2 percent, one of the highest in the state.
The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign aims to reduce preterm birth rates across the United States. Premature Birth Report Card grades are assigned by comparing the 2015 preterm birth rate in a state or locality to the March of Dimes goal of 8.1 percent by 2020.
Preterm birth is one of the leading causes of infant deaths in Northeast Florida, especially in the black community. In Florida, the preterm birth rate among black women is 46 percent higher than the rate among all other women.
For more information about the March of Dimes and to read the full report card, click here.