Webinar: Playing Catch-up -- How to Address US’ Lag in Reducing 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.

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is hosting a 90 minute webinar to 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, and discuss the evidence-based policies which should be implemented to address these issues.

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Moderator
Ahaviah Glaser, JD
Health Policy Director for the Office of Government Affairs and PolicyLab at CHOP

Featured Speaker
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

Panelists
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 and Senior

Dr. Curry will discuss the rate of fatal car crashes among 15-19 year olds, and what policies can be implemented to reduce this rate.

Michael L. Nance, MD - Director of the Pediatric Trauma Program at CHOP; Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Nance will discuss the rate of gun assault deaths, factors which contribute to this rate, and how this rate can be reduced through smart effective policies.

Scott Lorch, MD, MSCE Attending Neonatalogist and Director of the Center for Perinatal and Pediatric Health Disparities Research at CHOP; Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Lorch will discuss preterm birth, the risk factors of prematurity, and how effective policy implementation can reduce this rate.