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Indiana Addresses Infant Mortality Rate

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Indiana's State Health Commissioner says the state is making up to a million dollars in competitive grants available to organizations across the state that come up with plans to tackle Indiana's infant mortality rate. Dr. William VanNess says Indiana ranks 45th out of 50 states, with more than seven deaths per every one-thousand babies born.  "We've only been below seven once in 113 years, and it was 6.95 in 2008 that we were barely below seven" VanNess said,"so unfortunately Indiana has a long history of not being great at infant mortality."  A summit was held in Indianapolis over the weekend to find ways to decrease the number of infant deaths.


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