Partnerships & Collaborations
Fetal, Infant and Child Mortality Review Programs
Center for Child Death Review (CDR)
The Center for Child Death Review is a national resource center for State and local CDR programs, funded by MCHB. It promotes, supports and enhances child death review methodology and activities at the State, community and national levels. It builds public and private partnerships to incorporate CDR findings into efforts that improve child health. Building on the extensive knowledge of current CDR programs, the center actively involves States in the development of center services.
CDR is mandated or enabled by law in 45 States. States implemented CDR systems to more accurately track and determine the cause of child deaths and to help prevent future deaths from occurring. The child death review process is a team of people from multiple disciplines who come together and share what they know about the circumstances of a child’s death and decide what they should do to prevent other children from dying the same way. The team conducts a social autopsy of all the factors leading up to the child deaths including environmental, social, economic, health and behavioral.
While no standardized criterion for programs exists, most programs have reporting and surveillance systems in place to collect information from local reviews and publish reports. The CDR programs have resulted in recommendations related to SIDS.2
Communication Vehicles: Newsletter and Web site
Publications: Numerous publications addressing legislation, investigation and team meeting protocols, training curricula, reporting software, guides to effective reviews, coordinator tools, prevention resources, expert consultants and sample forms. Many of these resources are available on the Web site.
Data: Extensive data on child fatality statistics
Membership: Web site contains links to all CDR programs in the United States.
National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths