Sanford Researchs Amy Elliott, Ph.D., and Jyoti Angal have a secured more than $1.7 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health to study methods to reduce infant deaths in American Indian communities.
The project, CBPR Initiative in Reducing Infant Mortality in American Indian Communities, received a five-year award under the NIHs Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.
According to the South Dakota Department of Health, infant mortality rates among American Indians are nearly double that of white infants. In 2013, the infant mortality rates in South Dakota were 11.2 per 1,000 live births among American Indians and 5.3 per 1,000 among the white population. This difference is largely driven by post-neonatal mortality, or infant deaths between 1 and 12 months of age.