Mississippi mortality surveillance: Translating findings into community action
Description: During 2012, Mississippi continued to conduct a Child Death Review (CDR) and implemented statewide PAMR (pregnancy-associated mortality review) and regional FIMR (fetal infant mortality review) programs. General findings and lessons learned will be listed in addition to successful translation of findings towards systems and community level change. For example, the PAMR findings are informing perinatal regionalization activities in the state. Findings from the CDR support policy changes including passage of legislation requiring graduated driving licenses for adolescents. FIMR community actions resulted in community resource expansions including grief counseling for families experiencing loss and grandparenting classes emphasizing safe sleep, smoking cessation, and infant resuscitation.
Lessons learned: Implementation of such programs require huge commitments of staff time, travel resources, funding, and community involvement to produce desired outcomes. Agency and community buy-in are critical to the success and sustainability of mortality reviews over time. The presentation will list challenges encountered along with strategies utilized to overcome them, as well as relating examples of successful translation of findings towards community action and improvements.
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing
Describe various mortality surveillance activities. List examples of successful translation of findings into system and community level improvements.
Keyword(s): Public Health Nursing, Surveillance
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: More than 7 years as Nurse Consultant and Researcher with Mississippi State Department of Health
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.