213057 Public Health Perspective of Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:44 AM

Ruth Ann Shepherd, MD, FAAP, CPHQ , Department for Public Health, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Frankfort, KY
Kentucky Department for Public Health data analysis to determine the cause of the rising preterm birth rate will be briefly reviewed, as well as the information on the late preterm mortality and morbidity that is being disseminated through Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait. Key public health programs, including home visiting, smoking cessation, and centering pregnancy were enhanced in the initiative. Partnerships and coalitions with multiple state groups provide examples of how the Department for Public Health can encourage dissemination on critical health topics to a broader audience.

Learning Objectives:
Objective: Describe a public health approach to prematurity prevention, including data analysis, dissemination of information, and implications for public health programming.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Shepherd possesses expertise in the area of epidemiology and provides strong leadership in the areas of data collection, data analysis, evaluation and quality improvement. She is highly committed to the data-driven decision making in the Division and encourages student involvement. Dr. Shepherd has faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, and the College of Public Health. In private practice, she has mentored many medical students and residents; since coming to Public Health, she has mentored students in capstone projects, field practicum
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.