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More Black Infant Deaths Push Up Indiana Newborn Death Rate

Indiana’s mortality rate among white and Hispanic newborns improved last year, but deaths among Black infants jumped up.

Posted: Nov 28, 2021 10:23 AM

An increased infant mortality rate among Black newborn children contributed to what Indiana health officials found was a slightly higher overall infant mortality rate in the state during 2020.

The state health department reported this month that after Indiana recorded its lowest infant death rate during 2019, those deaths increased from 6.5 per 1,000 live births to 6.6 last year.

Indiana’s mortality rate among white and Hispanic newborns improved last year, but deaths among Black infants jumped from 11.0 deaths per 1,000 live births during 2019 to 13.2 deaths in 2020.

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