Forum sheds light on infant deaths in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS,  Ind. (January 22, 2015) -- About every 16 hours, a Hoosier baby dies before his or her first birthday.

A forum aims to shed light on this problem Thursday morning. Health experts will meet with community members to discuss what is leading to a high mortality rate and what can be done to help infants survive their first year of life.

Indiana ranks 39th in the nation in the infant mortality category. There has been some improvement in the number of deaths over the last few years, but health officials say there is still a long way to go.

The top causes of infant death in Indiana are being born too early, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), complications during pregnancy and unintentional injuries, according to the Indiana Youth Institute.

The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI), which is hosting the forum, will bring in infant mortality specialists to review the risk factors and describe what the state is doing to make sure more babies have a healthy start.

The forum will take place at the Brookside Park Family Recreation Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The address is 3500 Brookside Parkway S. Drive.

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