A child’s first year of life is the most fragile. In 2016, 623 Hoosier children died prior to their first birthday.
In Indiana, infants are 24% more likely to die within their first year than their peers nationally (7.3 per 1,000 in Indiana compared to 5.9 per 1,000 in the U.S.). The state has lagged the national average consistently for the last two decades and the gap has gotten wider since 2001.
Learn about the top five causes of infant mortality and how to prevent them in our Infant Mortality Issue Brief.