Indiana Infant Mortality Rate Breakdown

Indiana Infant Mortality Rate Breakdown

Governor Mike Pence recently described the state's high infant mortality rate as "deplorable."
Indiana has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country.

Governor Mike Pence recently described the state's high infant mortality rate as "deplorable."
   
New data shows that one local county has one of the worst rates in Indiana.
 
The report from the Indiana Department of Health breaks down the problem by county.

They consider infant mortality the death of baby before their first birthday.
   
The infant mortality rate is an estimate of infant deaths for every 1,000 births. 
   
Sullivan County has the 11th highest rate of infant death's in the state, nearly nine for every 1,000 births.
   
Vigo County was ranked 33rd with close to seven deaths for every 1,000 births.
   
Local health experts say this is a complex problem.

"Just having access to healthcare having a significant number of prenatal visits prior to delivery socioeconomic factors there are certainly several things that might way into those statistics," Nikki Simpson, Director of the Terre Haute March of Dimes said.

The data from the report covers a nine year period, looking at infant deaths from from 2001 through 2010.
   
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