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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:30 am

Donation aims to improve infant mortality rate

Matt LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

A $400,000 donation to Riley Children's Foundation will be used to help combat child deaths.

Philanthropists Richard D. Waterfield and Larry Lee provided some of the money, and the donation was announced this morning. The money "will fund ongoing support and education aimed to improve Allen County's infant mortality rate," according to a news release.

"Caregivers, community and governmental organizations" will partner with Indiana University School of Medicine "to bridge gaps preventing safe sleep practices in high risk ZIP codes," the release states. Officials also will work with local child care programs to provide resources to families in areas at high risk for infant death.

Allen County's infant mortality rate was 7.3 per 1,000 live births in 2017, state data show. That's above the national rate of 5.8 per 1,000 live births.

mleblanc@jg.net