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Infant Mortality Research Symposium
CRIBS hosted its inaugural Infant Mortality Research Symposium on April 12, 2018, at the Wichita Art Museum. A goal of this event is to identify the top priorities and needs in our state and among our partners surrounding this topic. Input and discussions during the event act as a catalyst for new initiatives to address key drivers of infant mortality in Kansas through the development of expert work groups with a shared vision.
Stay tuned for more details about the 2020 symposium!
The Infant Mortality Research Symposium focuses on three key drivers of infant mortality in Kansas:
- Access: Access to care has been identified as a barrier to healthy birth outcomes. A specific focus will be on access in terms of preconception care and counseling, as 50 percent of pregnancies are unplanned and, as such, known strategies for improving birth outcomes are often missed or delayed. A secondary focus will be on access to mental health services, including strategies to reduce stigma.
- Excess: This topic's focus will be on tobacco and opioid use, working toward identifying and implementing evidence-based interventions to reduce these behaviors. These forms of excess contribute to stillbirth, and the top three drivers of infant mortality: congenital malformations, issues of low birth weights and gestational age and sudden unexpected infant death.
- Safe Sleep: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and sleep-related deaths are the largest contributor to sudden unexpected infant death and in 2016 tied congenital anomalies for the leading cause of infant death in Kansas. The American Academy of Pediatrics has provided safe sleep guidelines to reduce the risk of sleep-related death. The guidelines will be promoted in addition to evidence-informed strategies for dissemination to professionals, parents and caregivers.
Researchers are invited to submit 500-word abstracts for consideration as poster presentations during the symposium. More details will be posted here regarding 2020 abstract submissions as they become available.
Take a look at the photo album from the 2018 symposium: