The 2020 national goal for low birth weight babies—babies born alive who weight less than 2,500 grams (5.5 pounds)—is not to exceed 7.8% of live births. Washoe county and Nevada rates started to decline in 2008. This is important because low birth weight babies experience more long-term developmental and neurological disabilities than normal weight babies. Prenatal care saves signifiant dollars later in life.
Nevada ranked 23rd in the America’s Health Rankings 2015 report, based upon 2013 birth certificates.
2015 for Washoe & Clark Counties are averaged for 2013-15 as reported in the 2016 Nevada Kids Count Data Book