Individual and community health is important for a thriving society. Socioeconomic status, access to preventive health care, environmental factors, lifestyle choices, genetics, educational attainment, and other indicators contribute to outcomes.
Evidence suggests that having a regular source of care produces better health outcomes, reduced disparities, and reduced costs. For instance, immunizations are among the most successful and cost-effective preventive health care interventions, helping children avoid contracting numerous serious and potentially fatal infectious diseases.
The infant mortality rate measures deaths of babies before their first birthday. Infant mortality is associated with factors, such as maternal health, quality of and access to medical care, and public health practices.