Teen death rate

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Why This Indicator Matters

The child and teen death rate reflects a broad array of factors: physical and mental health; access to health care; community factors; use of safety practices and the level of adult supervision. Accidents, primarily those involving motor vehicles, are the leading cause of death for children and youth.

What the data shows
On a statewide level, the trend for teen deaths ages 15 -19 has been generally declining since 2002. It was 6.4 per 10,000 teens age 15 -19 in 2002 compared to 4.5 in 2015 and 4.6 in 2016.
For the latest year, Piscataquis County had the highest rate at 10.4 followed by Knox County at 8.7 per 10,000 youth . The counties with the lowest rates were : Cumberland at 2.3 and Penobscot at 3.6 teens age 15 -19 per 10,000.

Casey Foundation notes that at a national level, the data is moving in the right direction
Casey Foundation National Child and Teen Mortality Rates Moving in Right Direction
Reducing child and teen mortality means reducing accidents, including car accidents and other types of accidents as well as homicides and suicides.
Based on child deaths ages 1-19 instead 15 -19, Maine ranks 21th nationally in 2016. It was ranked last of the New England states and has a child mortality rate as high as Washington D.C.
Casey Foundation 2016 National Child Mortality Rates
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