The West Central Indiana Infant Morality Reduction Task Force has now been created.
The Rural Heath Innovation Collaborative along with Indiana State University are joining forces to research and address the issue.
Indiana has the nation's sixth highest infant mortality rate, and officials hope this new project will bring awareness and make a big impact on lowering the number of deaths throughout the community.
"Having a university be a partner and it allows all of our student resources. Students that are interested in this, can really participate and help partnering with the community around a solution and strategies that the community is interested in," said Dr. Jack Turman Jr., Dean of the College of Nursing.
The task force is will focus its research to an eight county area around Terre Haute.
The initial program is expected to last three years.
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