To contact the Indianapolis Healthy Babies coordinator, please call: 317-221-2313
Indianapolis Healthy Babies is the focus of Health and Hospital
Corporations infant mortality reduction efforts. During
the mid-1980s, Indianapolis had the highest Black infant mortality
rate -- and of the highest overall rates -- in the nation. The
infant mortality rate is calculated as the number of babies who
die before their first birthday per 1,000 live births. The Indianapolis
Campaign for Healthy Babies was formed as a public-private partnership
to develop resources and strategies to reduce infant mortality.
When the Campaign completed its three year work plan in 1992,
the Health and Hospital Board of Trustees voted to assume responsibility
for its purpose and mission. The result is Indianapolis Healthy
Babies, which is organizationally housed in the Corporations
Public Health Division (Marion County Health Department, where
it works closely with the Maternal Child Health program, Mother
Baby Healthline, Women Infant Children (WIC) program, and other
department programs working to improve the health of babies and
The Consortia has been expanded to approximately 140 members
and represents local hospitals, community based organizations,
health professionals, social workers, researchers, neighborhood
associations, local policy makers, and social service organizations.
The committees are currently in the process of developing policies
and strategies to address the issues uncovered in the FIMR process.
The committees are as follows:
Executive Committee: Composed of the Healthy Babies
Medical Directors, Overall Chair of the Consortia, and the Chairs
of each of the Consortia Committees. The Executive Committee
is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for the
Consortia and for the overall planning and execution of the County's
efforts on infant mortality.
Data Collection: This committee is charged with reviewing
data from the FIMR process, and to develop strategies to improve
the collection and dissemination of key data related to infant
Substance Abuse Committee: This committee is charged
with improving the identification of substance abusing pregnant
women, assuring the access to effective and appropriate treatment
programs, and follow-up services.
Pre-and Post Natal Education: This committee will address
improving the delivery of prenatal care and post-partum education,
assure high-risk women have access to the number of social service
programs available to assist them: Medicaid, WIC, Care Coordination,
etc. The will also address issues such as: maternal smoking,
nutrition, SIDS, and prenatal risk assessment.
Community Outreach: Based on the strategies developed
by the other committees, this committee will be charged with
educating and mobilizing the community around the recommendations
of the Consortia.
Provider Outreach: Based on the policy recommendations
of the Consortia, this committee will seek to educate medical
providers about these policies and work to implement them.