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We know a lot of the steps we can take to ensure that babies are born healthy. Yet despite those efforts, each year in Indiana, hundreds of infants never live to see their first birthdays.

Emboldened by a call from Governor Eric Holcomb to reduce Indiana’s infant mortality rate, public health professionals across the state have renewed their pledges to improve outcomes for more Hoosier babies. This year’s Labor of Love Infant Mortality Summit will support that effort by focusing where many of the risk factors for infant mortality start -- the health of the mother.

For more than 30 years, I have been talking to my patients about maternal health as an OB/GYN. I have seen how mothers’ obesity, smoking, unstable mental health, poor nutrition, substance misuse and other risk factors lead to tragic outcomes for their babies. As the Indiana Health Commissioner, I have the opportunity to expand that dialogue and reach more moms and babies in need of resources and education.

I invite you to join the conversation at this year’s summit, which will feature nationally renowned experts who will share their experiences in the fight against infant mortality, centering on health care for mothers. Healthy women are more likely to have healthy pregnancies, and healthy pregnancies are more likely to produce thriving, happy babies. By focusing on maternal health, we can address this complex problem at its source.

Please join us Nov. 14 as we continue the work to create positive outcomes for more Indiana babies.

Yours in Health,
Kris Box, MD, FACOG
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 at the conclusion of the Summit.




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. Populations 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

Citation: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/disparities/

Sponsors & Exhibitors

The ISDH is seeking sponsorships for the Sixth Annual Infant Mortality Summit. Well-attended and well-received, the Summit attracts over 1,200 participants from across the State of Indiana.

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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 7.5 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2016.

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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