Escambia County gets ‘F’ on premature births

The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign aims to reduce preterm birth rates across the United States. The organization has set a goal of reducing the premature birth rate to 8.1 percent by 2020.

What is Escambia County’s percentage of preterm births? 16.4 percent according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state percentage is 9.9%.

The March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card assigns grades for the preterm birth rate in a state or locality:

A: 8.1 or less
B: 8.2-9.2
C: 9.3-10.3
D: 10.4-11.4
F: 11.5 or greater

I guess, we’re a F-.