Spotlight – Mississippi

Victoria Walker
CDR Coordinator
Mississippi State Department of Health
Office of Health Data and Research
Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health
570 East Woodrow Wilson Ave
Jackson MS 39215
Phone: 601-576-7443
Email: Victoria.Walker@msdh.ms.gov

Program Description

Administration
Legislation establishing a Child Death Review Panel (CDRP) became effective on July 1, 2006 and was revised effective July 1, 2008. The original statute provided for the State Medical Examiner’s Office to have administrative oversight of the CDR panel. During the 2008 regular session of the Legislature, oversight of the Child Death Review Panel moved to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). The Legislation provided for staff and funding allocations within the MSDH to accomplish the reviews and reporting, and defined the required list of panel participants. 2013 Legislation further refined the required membership of the panel.

Teams
Mississippi has a state level review team comprised of 15 Legislatively mandated voting members.

Reviews
The CDRP reviews data related to infant and child mortality (ages 0-17 years).

Purpose
The Legislatively appointed primary purpose of the panel is to foster the reduction of infant and child mortality and morbidity in Mississippi, and to improve the health status of infants and children.

Data
Data for the reviews are supplied by the Mississippi Vital Statistics and other partners such as the State Medical Examiner’s Office and other agencies with information related to the death i.e. law enforcement etc.

Annual Report
As mandated by the statute, the Child Death Review Panel must submit an annual report to the Chairmen of the House Public Health and Human Services Committee and the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee on or before December 1. The report shall include the numbers, causes and relevant demographic information on child and infant deaths in Mississippi, and appropriate recommendations to the Legislature on how to most effectively direct state resources to decrease infant and child deaths in Mississippi. The State Department of Health is responsible for printing and distributing the annual report on child and infant deaths in Mississippi.

Prevention Initiatives
The Annual Report cites recommendations for preventive strategies.

Protocols
The review panel is developing and implementing procedures and policies necessary for its operation, including obtaining and protecting confidential records.

Training
County Medical Examiner Investigators have on-going training to appropriately complete the CDC Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation form. Child Death Review staff was trained in the use of the Child Fatality Review National Database software in 2011. This training was provided by the National Center for Child Death Review Program.

Last Updated: January 2017