GARY, Indiana - Franciscan Health representatives joined Indiana first lady Janet Holcomb, health advocates and Northwest Indiana leaders at a luncheon on April 4, 2019, to address the state's high rate of infant mortality.
“Conversations on Infant Mortality in Indiana” was held at Arthouse: A Social Kitchen in Gary. The audience heard from speakers, then discussed the issues at lunchtime breakout sessions, some of which were led by Franciscan Health representatives.
Indiana Govenor Eric Holcomb has set a goal of reducing Indiana's infant mortality rate of 7.3 deaths per 1,000 births to 6 deaths per 1,000 births by 2024. In 2018, Indiana ranked 41st in the nation in infant mortality, according to the United Health Foundation.
Photo Caption: Pictured from left, Carrie Renschen, RNC-NIC, OB-NICU director at Franciscan Health Crown Point; Joan Culver, system director, Transformation and Women and Children Services Clinical Operations for Franciscan Health; Martha Allen, maternal and child health division director for Indiana State Department of Health; Danielle Crowder, prenatal care coordinator at Franciscan Health Hammond; and Allison Armstrong, community health specialist at Franciscan Health Hammond.