In 2015, 613 Indiana babies died before reaching their first birthdays. Indiana's infant death rate has perennially ranked in the bottom fifth of states. In 2013, the state health department made reducing those deaths its top priority.

How did Indiana get to this point? In this series, The Times examines why babies die in Indiana at a higher clip than most other states and what is being done to change that fact, reporting from the parts of Indiana with the highest infant death rates.

This project was undertaken with the support of the National Health Journalism Fellowship, a program of the Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California.