Indiana's infant mortality rate shows biggest decrease in 6 years

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indiana's infant mortality rate dropped at the highest rate in six years.

Data from the Indiana State Department of Health shows that 559 Indiana babies died before the age of 1 in 2018. That's down from 602 in 2017.

The mortality rates for non-Hispanic white infants fell to 6 per 1,000, while the rate for Hispanic infants fell nearly 20 percent to 6.1.

The black infant mortality rate fell by 16 percent, but was still the highest at 13 infants per 1,000. In 2017, the rate was 15.4

“Indiana has been investing heavily in improving health outcomes for moms and babies as we work toward Governor Holcomb’s goal of having the lowest infant mortality rate in the Midwest by 2024,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “It’s heartening to see those efforts pay off so that more Hoosier babies can celebrate their first birthdays.”

To learn more about Indiana’s efforts to reduce infant mortality, click here.