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Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality
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March 8-9, 2012

This was the first meeting of SACIM since Dr. Lu Michael Lu’s appointment as HRSA’s Associate Administrator for Maternal and Child Health. Therefore, he stepped down as the Chair of SACIM and announced that Kay Johnson, M. Ed. would serve as the Acting Chair.

Much of the meeting was focused on HRSA/MCHB’s strategy to reduce infant mortality. Specifically, there were presentations from the key partners and stakeholders at the Federal, State, and partnering agency levels. SACIM also focused on the recently held HRSA’s Regional Summit on Infant Mortality.

During the Public Comment period of the meeting, Ellen Schmidt from the Education Development Center remarked on the Children’s Safety Network project, which works on injury and violence prevention and is funded by MCHB. She added to the list of issues around mental health the issue of suicide. In terms of accessing groups at risk, she mentioned the Head Start project as another area with access to at-risk mothers.

The meeting concluded with Committee Business time when Dr. Lu charged SACIM with developing a plan on how to guide and inform HHS on developing a National-level infant mortality plan. The Committee will move forward by considering what it needs to learn to be able to develop a set of informed recommendations that the Secretary can act upon.

Meeting Notice (PDF - 448 KB)

Meeting Agenda (PDF - 69 KB)

Summary of Meeting Minutes (PDF - 302 KB)


Preliminary Recommendations to HHS Secretary Sebelius - (PPTX - 3 MB) - SACIM Group Presentation

Region IV & Region VI Infant Mortality Summit (PPTX - 761 KB ) - Cassie Lauver, ACSW

Infant Mortality: National Opportunities for Prevention (PPTX - 10 MB) - CAPT Wanda D. Barfield, MD, MPH

Healthy Babies Initiatives (PPTX - 360 KB) - David Lakey, MD

March of Dimes Initiatives (PPTX - 3 MB) - Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP

Community-Based Prematurity Prevention: The Kentucky Experience with “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” (PPTX - 5 MB) - Ruth Ann Shepherd, MD, FAAP

Improving Birth Outcomes (PPTX - 957 KB) - Rebekah E. Gee, MD, MPH, MSHPR, FACOG

North Carolina’s Pregnancy Medical Home Program (PPT - 232 KB) - Belinda Pettiford, MPH

Strong Start: Improving Birth Outcomes (PPTX - 1 MB) - Ellen Marie Whelan

Maryland Patient Safety Center Perinatal Collaborative And Learning Network (PPTX - 2 MB) - Raymond L. Cox, MD, MBA


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