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IYI: Infant Mortality Needs State-level Priority, Action

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December 27, 2013 by Sarah Holst & Kristyn Estes

There are many Hoosier organizations dedicated to improving Indiana’s infant mortality rate, which is listed as sixth highest in the nation by the Centers for Disease Control’s 2010 data.

One of the organizations determined to lower that statistic is the Indiana Youth Institute.  IYI President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Stanczykiewicz says the state needs to do more in order to change the outlook for Indiana’s youngest residents.

He says the top risk for infant health and mortality is known:  cigarette smoking by pregnant mothers.



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