INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Public health experts and community leaders are gathering for Indiana's first statewide summit focused on the state's high infant mortality rate.
Indiana had an infant mortality rate in 2011 of 7.7 deaths per 1,000 live births. That was the 6th highest such rate in the nation.
Infant mortality rates reflect the number of babies who die during their first year of life per 1,000 live births. That rate is widely considered the barometer by which the overall health of a population is gauged.
Gov. Mike Pence will address Friday's gathering at downtown Indianapolis' JW Marriott complex. Those attending the conference will also hear from David Lakey, the commissioner of the state of Texas' health services agency. He'll discuss Texas' efforts that have significantly cuts its infant mortality rate.