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Indiana State Department of Health initiatives


Indiana ranks 7th worst in the U.S. and last in the Midwest for infant mortality. Governor Holcomb has challenged Indiana to achieve the lowest infant mortality rate in the Midwest by 2024. In real numbers affecting real people, that means Indiana needs to be saving the lives of at least 200 babies per year by 2024.

As part of this work, on May 8 the Governor signed House Enrolled Act 1007 into law, charging the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) with creating a perinatal navigator program, which currently is being called the OB Navigator Program. Though not specifically mentioned in the new law, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) and Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) are equal partners in attacking this problem.

The goal of this program is to identify women as early in their pregnancy as possible and connect them with an OB navigator – a home visitor who provides personalized guidance and support to a woman during her pregnancy and at least the first six to 12 months of her baby’s life. To begin that effort, ISDH, FSSA and DCS will be focused on connecting pregnant women who are covered by Medicaid and are living in Indiana’s highest-risk areas to these home visiting services.

NWICA is the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) sponsor, and we are excited to be a part of this solution. If you have a need for information & assistance in Northwest Indiana, please call us at 1-800-826-7871 or contact your nearest WIC Clinic.

Expectant women and new mothers from anywhere in the state can call the MOMS Helpline at 1-844-MCH-MOMS (1-844-624-6667) to find resources available in their
communities.

Pregnant women can sign up for the Liv app, the mobile app for anyone who is thinking about becoming pregnant, currently expecting or who recently became a parent. Liv is also available online at askliv.com.

Also, The Labor of Love initiative is a fantastic resource for women, expectant parents, and new parents. Visit https://www.in.gov/laboroflove/680.htm?s=women to learn more and find resources at a time that's convenient for you.

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