Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Child Mortality Webinar Recording

June 19, 2018

recent paper published in Health Affairs revealed that the United States lags behind all other wealthy nations in reducing its overall child mortality. In depth analysis by co-author, Dr. Christopher Forrest of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Applied Clinical Research Center in the Department of Pediatrics, and others pointed to three specific causes of child mortality responsible: preterm birth, fatal car crashes and gun assault deaths in youth ages 15-19 years old.

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) hosted a webinar which provided actionable information for health policy stakeholders, government agency staff, child health policy advocates, elected officials, and healthcare providers to implement policy changes to adress the three identified causes driving up the child mortality rates.


Webinar Topics Include:

  • Identify the underlying causes of mortality in children under age 1 and adolescents 15-19 years
  • Discuss the three major contributing factors driving the lag in US child mortality rates
  • Discuss the evidence-based policies which should be implemented to address these issues


This 90 minute webinar is presented by Christopher Forrest, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Management at CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania; Director of CHOP's Applied Clinical Research Center and moderated by Ahaviah Glaser, JD, Director of Government Affairs, External Affairs Department and Director of Health Policy for PolicyLab at CHOP. A panel discussion is presented by Allison Curry, PhD, MPH, Senior Scientist and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Master of Public Health Faculty; Michael L. Nance, MD, Director of the Pediatric Trauma Program at CHOP; Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; and Scott Lorch, MD, MSCE, Attending Neonatalogist and Director of the Center for Perinatal and Pediatric Health Disparities Research at CHOP; Faculty member at PolicyLab at CHOP,  Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.


To view the recording and download slides from the webinar, please visit our Violence Prevention Initiative resource page.

Child Mortality WebinarChild Mortality Webinar Group ShotDr. Curry and Ms. Glaser

Dr. Michael Nance

Dr. Lorch and Ms. Glaser