3237.0 Beyond the Medical Model: Assessing risks for fetal infant mortality

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:30 PM
US infant mortality rates resemble those of many third world countries, especially when looking at rates based on race and ethnicity. The response has traditionally been one that focuses on improving medical technologies and therapies. Although this approach has lead to great advances over the last 100 years in regards to infant survival, the improvements have slowed and in some instances reversed. This session will highlight key risk factors for fetal and infant deaths, bringing to light the role that race and culture plays in many instances, as well as the influence of one’s community and physical environment. In order to once again see great drops in fetal and infant mortality, it is going to be necessary to move out of the strict medical model, and cast a much wider net when it comes to risks and relations.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe key risk factors attributing to fetal infant mortality 2. Discuss several non medical factors linked to fetal infant mortality

12:30 PM
Assessing Perinatal Risk for Fetal-Infant Mortality
Catherine L. Kothari, MA, Luz Carmen Sweezy, MA MPA, Oemeeka Liggins, MPA, Jacqueline Overton and Annie Wendt, MPH
1:00 PM
Safe Sleeping Practices Among African Americans in the 2005 Los Angeles LAMB Study
Paymon Ebrahimzadeh, MA, Yvonne Y. Lau, MPH, RD, Shin Margaret Chao, PhD, MPH, Angel Hopson, RN, MSN, MPH, Diana E. Ramos, MD, MPH and Cynthia Harding, MPH
1:30 PM
Building a healthy baby: Neighborhood structural deterioration and birth health outcomes
Daniel J. Kruger, PhD, Melissa Munsell, BS, Tonya M. Turner, BA and Marcia Franks, BS

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Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: Black Caucus of Health Workers, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)