The State Department of Health convened a leadership summit in October 2012 to address a public health problem that is as tragic as it is entrenched in Oklahoma: infant mortality.  The summit is part of a statewide initiative to raise awareness about the issue, Preparing for a Lifetime: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility.  Babies born in Oklahoma are less likely to reach their first birthday than in almost any other state in the country, with about 400 babies dying each year before their first birthday.

OK Policy Director David Blatt spoke at the summit about the economic impact of infant mortality: