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Local group to lead infant mortality reduction task force

The Rural Health Innovation Collaborative is going to lead the West Central Indiana Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force.

A local group is tapped to help address Indiana's high infant mortality rate.

The Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC) says it will lead a task force to reduce infant deaths. The group was selected by the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health.

Indiana has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the country, with 7.7 deaths per 1,000 live births.

The task force will focus on an eight-county area around Terre Haute. Infant mortality rates in six of those counties—Clay, Greene, Owen, Parke, Putnam and Vermillion—are even higher than the state's average. RHIC says Vigo and Sullivan counties are the only counties it's focusing on with rates below the state average.

The effort is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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