Grants Aim to Reduce Infant Mortality Rate

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Greene County General Hospital is one of the grant recipients. Greene County General Hospital is one of the grant recipients.
INDIANAPOLIS -

The Indiana State Department of Health has awarded nearly $13 million in grants to various healthcare organizations and nonprofits in an effort to lower the state's infant mortality rate. The funding is being made available through Indiana's Safety PIN, or Protecting Indiana's Newborns, grant program.

The grant applicants were evaluated on criteria including innovation, community partnerships and geographic location. The ISDH says the recipients were chosen because of proposed projects that focus on safe sleep practices, prenatal care and key demographic groups with higher infant mortality rates, among others.

"Every child in Indiana deserves the chance to grow up, and we are heartened by the interest in the Safety PIN grants," said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams. "We are confident that these grants will create new opportunities to help women have healthy pregnancies and give their children the best start in life possible."

Thirty-one organizations applied for the grants. The recipients include:

  • Aspire Indiana Health, serving Madison County
  • Community Hospital Anderson
  • Community Wellness Partners’ “Speak Life: Here to Stay” initiative, serving St. Joseph County
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana
  • Greene County General Hospital
  • Indiana Hospital Association
  • IU WeCare Plus, serving central and eastern Indiana
  • Mental Health America of Lake County
  • One Community One Family, serving Franklin County
  • Union Hospital, serving Vigo County

The health department has also partnered with Indianapolis-based eimagine to develop a pregnancy assistance mobile app, which will provide educational content about pregnancy and a guide to necessary prenatal care resources.

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