Photos from the 2015 Summit


Welcome to the Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) Labor of Love Infant Mortality Summit page! 

Thank you for joining us in helping to reduce infant death rates in Indiana. This important work is a top priority for the Indiana State Department of Health and Governor Mike Pence, and we need partners from every corner of the state to be successful.

Too many Indiana children never live to see their first birthdays. In fact, for every 1,000 babies born in Indiana, more than seven will die before they turn 1. Black and Hispanic infants are even more at risk, with infant mortality rates more than twice that of white babies.

No Indiana family should have to suffer the loss of an infant due to preventable causes. By enlisting stakeholders across the state to promote breastfeeding, safe sleep, smoking cessation, prenatal care and other healthy practices, we can ensure that we are doing everything possible to give Indiana children their best chance at a long, healthy life.

The 2016 Labor of Love Infant Mortality Summit will focus on the importance of those partnerships as we address this critical health issue for our state’s most vulnerable citizens. The Summit, which will be held at the downtown Indianapolis J.W. Marriott, will provide you with access to nationally renowned experts and equip you with the tools you need to make a difference in the infant mortality rate in your community.

Each of us can make a difference in the lives of our state’s children. I look forward to partnering with you on this important mission.

                                                                      Yours in health,

                                                                Jerome M. Adams, MD, M.P.H.
                                                                Indiana State Health Commissioner


Headline Speakers

We have assembled an exciting lineup of experts from across the United States to join us in a conversation around disparities and their relation to infant mortality in Indiana.  

Speakers › 

Continuing Education

A basic continuing education certificate of attendance will be available to all attendees. You many pick it up at the Registration Table.

CME available


What are health disparities?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.1Populations can be defined by factors such as race or ethnicity, gender, education or income, disability, geographic location (e.g., rural or urban), or sexual orientation. Health disparities are inequitable and are directly related to the historical and current unequal distribution of social, political, economic, and environmental resources.

Health disparities result from multiple factors, including

  • Poverty
  • Environmental threats
  • Inadequate access to health care
  • Individual and behavioral factors
  • Educational inequalities

About Labor of Love

Labor of Love is a product of the Indiana State Department of Health in cooperation with other organizations.

Infant mortality is the death of a baby before his or her first birthday. The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet it has an unacceptably high rate of infant mortality compared to other wealthy countries.

The problem is particularly significant in Indiana, where the overall infant mortality rate was 6.7 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2012.

To combat unacceptable rates of infant mortality in Indiana, the Indiana State Department of Health, through its Maternal and Child Health program, is initiating a statewide sustained education and outreach effort. This has been identified as the agency’s No. 1 priority.

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