Indiana health officials are observing National Minority Health Month to raise awareness about health issues affecting minority populations.
Commissioner William VanNess says reducing infant mortality is a top priority of the Indiana State Health Department. He says black infant mortality in Indiana is about twice the national average.
The infant mortality rate is an indicator of the overall health of a population and tracks the number of deaths during the first year of life per 1,000 live births. Indiana's overall infant mortality rate was 7.5 per 1,000 live births in 2010. Among blacks, that rate was 14.7 per 1,000 live births. The Hispanic rate was 8.6.
A calendar of events for National Minority Health Month can be found at www.minorityhealth.isdh.in.gov.