Every Baby Makes an Imprint

We believe all Fort Wayne babies deserve to celebrate their first birthday.

Footprints Fort Wayne is a collaborative effort to improve Allen County’s Infant Mortality Rate by parents, community members and healthcare professionals who are working together to save lives.


To ensure all babies celebrate their first birthday, the individuals and organizations working together as Footprints Fort Wayne have agreed to:

Work Together

No single organization can solve a problem this complex alone.

Be Equitable

We know that African American families are much more likely to experience infant loss. This is unacceptable.

Create Solutions

Our plan will only work if those most affected by the problem are part of the solution.

Constantly Communicate

We are committed to communicate so that ideas can be shared widely.

Improve Systems

We recognize that in order to see a larger change in our community’s health, we must improve the systems that prevent people from reaching their health potential.

Grow Our Knowledge

Knowledge is powerful, and with more understanding of the factors that influence infant death and the families affected, we will be better situated to plan and implement change.

SLEEP

Unsafe sleep is a contributing factor to our infant mortality rate. Evidence shows that babies sleep safest when alone, on their backs and in an empty crib.

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SCHEDULE

Lack of prenatal care contributes to infant mortality. Evidence supports that early and regular prenatal care is central to a healthy pregnancy.

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EQUITY

In Allen County there is a significant racial disparity in infant mortality. African American families are over twice as likely to experience the loss of a baby.

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