Donation goes toward helping infant mortality rates in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Be The Hope Now Campaign helping parents in Indianapolis is making its way to Fort Wayne.

Posted: Aug 14, 2019 8:36 AM
Updated: Aug 14, 2019 8:36 AM

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indiana ranks 41st in the nation in infant mortality - and allen county has one of the worst rates in the state. with additional funding, a partnership with riley's children foundation is hoping to help babies survive.fox 55's jentill neal tells us about the latest effort to fix this problem. the be the hope now campaign helping parents in indianapolis is making it's way to fort wayne. <paige > :19:51:43-19:52:05"we're really excited to be launching this in fort wayne. they've had great success in indianapolis in helping childcare centers provide safe sleep environments for their babies as a way of tackling infant mortality in the community." allen county's infant mortality rate is 7.3 deaths per 1,000 births which is 25% higher than the national average of 5.8. philanthropists larry lee richard d waterfield and others donated 400-thousand dollars for educational programs to help new parents learn about preventable deaths. <whitley >19:46:42-19:47:04 "we have been focusing on those suids rates, specifically safe sleep, because that is one of those most preventable forms. we do see a lot of families reporting unsafe sleep practices such as bed sharing or simply not knowing to put the baby down on his or her back having them alone in the crib with nothing around." places most affected by this tend to be high poverty areas and food deserts.> 19:52:17-19:52:35"within the 46806 and 46805 zip codes we'll be working with a lot of at home daycares and child care providers who are trying to work on their paths to quality, but are maybe at a lower level and can't afford the necessary items they need." <whitley>19:48:00-19:48:18 "the black infant mortality rate is actually 2 to 3 times higher in the overall state of indiana an specifically in marion county and here in fort wayne." knowing that larry lee wanted to help. <larry lee// > 19:54:48-19:55:14"the tragedy of any soul not being able to see it's first birthday is something that touches me. it's a problem that is preventable and the issue in mortality in my own home town, it's small enough in terms of the financial resources needed to combat it, i felt i could make a difference." they are hoping to work with child care centers by the end of this year.in fort wayne, jentill neal fox 55 news
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