Infant Mortality Rate

Indiana's Infant Mortality Rate Still Lags

Jul 26, 2018
Health leaders discuss infant mortality in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana’s infant mortality rates are not going down. In the past few years they’ve actually ticked up slightly.  Health leaders gathered at an Infant Mortality Summit lead by Community Health Network to discuss ways to reduce Indiana’s high rate.

Indiana Up One Spot In Women And Children Report

Mar 8, 2018

A new look at health rankings for women and children finds Indiana inched up a spot from 36th to 35th out of 50 states.

In one area, Indiana still struggles.  Maternal mortality in Indiana ranks 46th and the state’s infant mortality rate is 42nd.

The annual Health of Women and Children Report from United Health Foundation reflects numbers from 2016. Senior advisor Deenen Vojta says the data shows challenges that women in Indiana face.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law Thursday standardizing perinatal care in the state to lower Indiana’s infant mortality rate.

The new law creates a system to help expecting mothers identify the facility that can best deliver the level of care that they need.

“When you think about the 623 babies that didn’t make it past their first year in the state of Indiana, it’s clear that we have work to do,” Holcomb says.

While Indiana’s health ranking ticked up on a recent annual report, health leaders say there’s more work to be done. A new data tool that highlights specific issues may provide some insight into focus areas. The tool from the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana breaks down top health priorities by county.

Opioids Impact Indiana's Infant Mortality Rate

Nov 15, 2017

The Indiana Department of Health marked five years of its Labor of Love summit, an annual event aimed at reducing the state’s infant mortality rate. The rate of infants dying before their first birthday has risen steadily since the campaign began, mainly because of substance use disorders.

When the initiative kicked off in 2012, 556 babies lost their life – last year that number was 623. Indiana State Health Commissioner Kristina Box says any progress the state has made has been overshadowed.