Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Playing Catch-up -- How to Address the Lag in Reducing U.S. Child Mortality Rates

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.

Click below to watch a webinar hosted by Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) that that provides actionable information for health policy stakeholders, government agency staff, child health policy advocates, elected officials, and healthcare providers so they can:

  • 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. 

 

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Playing Catch-up -- How to Address the Lag in Reducing U.S. Child Mortality Rates