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Vital Statistics: Vital to Maternal and Child Health

October 25, 2018 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.

The Gold Room

Rayburn House Office Building Room 2168

Lunch will be served.

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As headlines demonstrate-from the decreasing teen pregnancy rates, to the impact of home births on infant mortality, to the rise in Maternal Mortality-vital records collected and maintained by the states and territories serve critical public health functions. Such records are essential in monitoring the health of mothers and children, and in developing evidence-based interventions to protect and improve their health.

This briefing will provide important information about vital records and the birth and death data they yield, including how they are being used to promote maternal and child health, what the federal government and vital records jurisdictions and have done to improve the timeliness and accuracy of the data, and what more may be done to further improved data and ultimately, maternal and child health. Click here to download Flyer.

Speakers Include:

Devin George

State Registrar and Director, Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics, Office of Public Health, Louisiana Department of Health and Board of Directors, NAPHSIS

Dr. Judette Louis

Associate Professor, College of Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology and COPH Community Family Health, University of South Florida Health and Board of Directors, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Rebecca Russell

Senior Director of Applied Research and Evaluation, March of Dimes

Dr. Elizabeth "Lou" Saadi

State Registrar, Office of Vital Statistics, Kansas Department of Health and Environmental and President, NAPHSIS

Shawna Webster

Executive Director, NAPHSIS

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