“We have a tremendous amount of resources, but not everyone is familiar with those resources,” McMahan lamented.
The Indiana State Department of Health has launched an initiative to develop more community partnerships, first by analyzing local data, and then by providing that data to local community leaders who then can design targeted solutions.
For example, VanNess described how data analysis discovered one solution. “There’s a higher rate of suffocation among black infants,” VanNess noted, “whether that’s from sleeping with parents or not putting babies to sleep on their back. So we’re trying to provide information about sleep habits. That’s a statistic that through education we can certainly improve.”
Families, health care providers and community organizations working together can ensure that more Indiana babies are blowing out a candle on their first birthday.
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