Morrison: Local hospital receives state grant to fight infant mortality

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, December 8, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 8, 2016) – State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute) today announced Union Hospital, which serves Vigo County, will receive a Safety PIN grant aimed at reducing infant mortality in Indiana.

“House Republicans made addressing infant mortality in Indiana a priority in 2015, and I am pleased to see that our local hospital thought of an innovative way to address this pressing issue,” Morrison said. “Out of the 31 entities that applied, only 10 received grants money, and I am confident that Union Hospital will utilize these funds in the best way possible.”

Morrison supported the passage of House Enrolled Act 1004 during the 2015 legislative session to establish the Safety PIN grant program, which allocates $13.5 million in funds, and allows groups to present their innovative solutions and apply for a grant to reduce infant mortality.

Administered by the Indiana State Department of Health, the groups applying for grants had to include in their proposal: the targeted area, the amount they plan to reduce the infant mortality rate by and the timeframe in which they will achieve their goal.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 31 entities applied for the grant, and projects chosen to move forward included ones focused on safe sleep practices, prenatal care, smoking cessation, one-on-one home visit and key demographic groups with higher infant mortality rates.

“It is important to keep protecting the most vulnerable of Hoosiers,” Morrison said. “As the infant mortality rate in Indiana becomes more and more troubling, it is my hope that these grants will help turn the numbers around, and help save lives.”

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State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 42, which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay, Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.

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