Infant Mortality Summit Addressed Indiana’s Abysmal Record

November 4, 2013
By
Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess said an Infant Mortality Summit helps to focus efforts on reducing unnecessary infant deaths around the state. Photo courtesy ISDH.

Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess said an Infant Mortality Summit helps to focus efforts on reducing unnecessary infant deaths around the state. Photo courtesy ISDH.

Indiana has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation, according to the latest statistics.

Indiana ranks 45th out of 50 states – with more than seven deaths per every 1,000 babies born.

“We’ve only been below seven once in 113 years,” State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess explained. “And it was 6.95 in 2008, that we were barely below seven. So, unfortunately, Indiana has a long history of not being great at infant mortality,” he said.

VanNess said the state is making up to a million dollars in competitive grants available to organizations across Indiana that come up with plans to decrease the unnecessary number of infant deaths in the state.

He added the state must do a better job of educating pregnant women about getting prenatal care and the dangers of smoking.

“Smoking in Indiana is a huge cause of low birth weight or prematurity,” he added. “And 16.6 percent of our moms who are pregnant in Indiana smoke while pregnant.”

An infant mortality summit was held last week, which featured Gov. Mike Pence has a speaker.

The health commissioner said the state had cast a wide net to get organizations from around the Indiana involved in Friday’s infant mortality summit.

“The local health departments, the community health centers, the minority health coalitions, physicians, and of course, the hospitals,” he said, “anybody that thinks they have a part or should have a part in infant mortality, we’ve invited.”

Gov. Mike Pence was a featured speaker at the summit.

 

Listen Live

Upcoming Events

Apr
29
Fri
4:00 pm Solid Rock Swap & More @ Sold Rock Bible Fellowship
Solid Rock Swap & More @ Sold Rock Bible Fellowship
Apr 29 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Solid Rock Swap & More April 29 4p-8p April 30 8a-6p New & Used Items Inside & Out Vendors, Live Music, & Food Inside Fun Dog Show (Registration on Saturday 8:30-9:30, show starts at 10:00) Kids Fun Arta Parking – $1.00 per car or 1 non perishable food itemShare this:TweetEmailPrint
Apr
30
Sat
all-day Healthy Kids Day @ Southeastern Indiana YMCA
Healthy Kids Day @ Southeastern Indiana YMCA
Apr 30 all-day
Health Kids Day is all about building on the “WOW” factor inside every kid…whoever they are and wherever they’re from. So come to Health Kids Day for a day of creative, challenging, smart, and healthy fun and watch the “WOW” in your kid come out. FREE to the community. Health Avtivites Include Way to Grow – gardening station Budding Bookworms – art lesson in drawing for children’s books Ready! Set! Go! – obstacle course Pickleball lessons Health food taste tests Southeastern Indiana YMCA Please RSVP to 812-934-6006Share this:TweetEmailPrint
7:00 am Community Yard Sale & Flea Market @ St. Peter's Community Building
Community Yard Sale & Flea Market @ St. Peter's Community Building
Apr 30 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community Yard Sale & Flea Market at St. Peter’s Community Building 1207 East Road, Brookville, IN 47012, on Saturday, April 30 from 7:00 AM until noon. Various vendors with lots of great items! Additional spots are available for anyone who would like to set up. Tables are provided and cost is $10.00. Call Angie 812-525-6033 to reserve your space today. Proceeds from booth rental support St. Peter Church’s team for Relay for Life.Share this:TweetEmailPrint

View Calendar