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Vital Statistics: Vital to Maternal and Child Health

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

NAPHSIS and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine briefing relevant to congressional staff working on public health, health research, and women’s and children’s health:

Vital Statistics: Vital to Maternal and Child Health

October 25, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Gold Room
Rayburn House Office Building Room 2168

View the flyer here.

Lunch will be served.

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As headlines demonstrate—from the decrease in teen pregnancy rates, to the impact of home births on infant mortality, to the rise in maternal mortality—vital records collected and maintained by the states and territories serve critical public health functions. Such records are essential in monitoring the health of mothers and children, and in developing evidence-based interventions to protect and improve their health.  

This briefing will provide important information about vital records and the birth and death data they yield, including how they are being used to promote maternal and child health, what the federal government and vital records jurisdictions have done to improve the timeliness and accuracy of data, and what more may be done to further improve data and ultimately, maternal and child health.

Speakers include:

  • Moderator: Shawna Webster, Executive Director, NAPHSIS

  • Dr. Judette Louis, and Associate Professor, College of Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology and COPH Community Family Health, University of South Florida Health and Board of Directors, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

  • Dr. Elizabeth "Lou" Saadi, State Registrar, Office of Vital Statistics, Kansas Department of Health and Environment and President, NAPHSIS

 This is a widely attended event relevant to official duties.