Ziemke: Local organization receives state grant to fight infant mortality

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, December 9, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 9, 2016) — State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) today announced One Community One Family in Batesville will receive a Safety PIN grant aimed at reducing infant mortality in Indiana.

“Indiana’s infant mortality rate is the fifth highest in the nation,” Ziemke said. “In 2015, House Republicans made addressing infant mortality a top priority, and I’m excited a local health provider developed a targeted, region-based proposal to reduce this alarming statistic. I’m confident this grant money will create new opportunities to help women in our community get in touch with doctors earlier in their pregnancies and give their children the best possible start in life.”

One Community One Family is a partnership of mental health providers, community coalitions, social service agencies and other child-serving entities. They serve Hoosier families and children throughout southeast Indiana.

Ziemke 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 grants to reduce infant mortality.

Administered by the Indiana State Department of Health, grant proposals had to include: the targeted geographic area, how much they expect 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 grants. Projects chosen to move forward included ones focused on safe sleep practices, prenatal care, smoking cessation, one-on-one home visits and key demographic groups with higher infant mortality rates.

-30-

State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents all of Fayette County, and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.

A high-resolution photo of Ziemke can be downloaded by clicking here.