The La Plata Mountains, seen from San Juan County, are a small subrange of the San Juan Mountains in sw Colorado, and includes Hesperus Mountain at 13,332 feet.
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness (Bisti Badlands) is a 45,000-acre wilderness area full of rock formations made of sandstone, shale, mudstone, and silt.
The San Juan River is a 383 mile long major tributary of the Colorado River and a primary drainage for the Four Corners.
The eggs and hoodoos in the Bisti Wilderness were formed in sand and silt revealed 73 million years ago when the Western Interior Seaway receded.
Navajo Lake is a 3800 feet long and 400 feet deep reservoir located in northeastern San Juan County, created from a dam completed in 1962.
The Aztec Ruins National Monument, on 318 acres, consists of dwellings and sacred structures built by Ancient Pueblo Indians in the 12th and 13th Centuries.
Angel Peak Scenic Area is located 15 miles south of Bloomfield in San Juan County, with over 10,000 acres of rugged terrain, badlands and deep canyons.
Shiprock (Tsé Bitʼaʼí, "rock with wings") is a 27 million year old volcanic rock formation, designated as a National Natural Landmark, rising 1,583 feet above the desert.

Child Maternal Health


Birth Outcomes

Low birth weight (LBW) is a leading indicator of child health, and refers to the percent of live births in which the infant’s weight is less than 2,500 grams. LBW can indicate maternal exposure to health risks, access to health care, the social and economic environment, and environmental risks. In terms of the infant’s health outcomes, LBW is a predictor of the child’s health over the course of life.

Seven percent of babies born in San Juan County experience low birth weight, considered to be a poor health outcome for infants. San Juan fares better on this outcome than across the U.S.

Another leading child-maternal health indicator, the infant mortality rate of 5.2 infant deaths per 1,000 births in San Juan County is similar to the rate across New Mexico (5.8) and the U.S. (5.7).
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Infant Mortality Rate per 1000 Births

Trends & Race-Ethnicity

The percent of low birth weight babies in San Juan County is consistently below New Mexico and U.S. rates, largely due to lower rates of LBW among Native American births in San Juan County.

Native American infants in San Juan County are less likely to experience low birth weight than Hispanic infants. The rates of LBW among White infants are similar to those across the U.S.

Prenatal Care

Prenatal care is a health factor that plays a central role in infant and child health. Doctors recommend that women see their health care provider before the 13th week of pregnancy and to go back for at least 13 visits before birth.

In San Juan County, fewer than two-thirds (63.5%) of pregnant women receive the recommended first trimester prenatal care, compared to three-fourths of mothers-to-be across the U.S. San Juan County and New Mexico have been consistently below the U.S. for this indicator.

Native American women are less likely to receive prenatal care than White women in San Juan County, and rates for Hispanic women fall between these rates.

Teen Birth Rate

Teen birth rate is a leading social indicator of maternal and child health. Teen pregnancies are more likely to result in health problems for both mother and baby, and parenting challenges can create social and economic hardship. 

Of the 1,430 births in San Juan County in 2019, 126 or 8.8% were to teen mothers (age 15-19). There has been a substantial decline in teen pregnancy, although San Juan County’s rate continues to be significantly higher than the U.S. rate. Teen birth rates are higher among Native American and Hispanic girls than White girls.

County and State Birth Outcomes Data available from the Birth Query Module at the New Mexico Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS): https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/query/selection/birth/_BirthSelection.html

National Data: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr69/NVSR69-6-508.pdf
Additional data related to pregnancy and prenatal care are available from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data in NM-IBIS: 

PRAMS is a surveillance system supported through a cooperative agreement with the New Mexico Department of Health Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/query/selection/prams/_PRAMSSelection.html

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