Archived Webinars / Presentations

Webinar: “Using Social Determinants of Health to Inform Fatality Review”
Presented June 7, 2017

Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Child Death Review (CDR) and Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) programs work to understand health care systems and social problems that contribute to fetal, infant, and child deaths and to identify and implement systems improvement and interventions to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable women, infants, children, and families. Keeping a Social Determinants of Health lens while conducting fatality review is a step toward reducing inequities in these vital health outcomes.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “sdoh”
Questions and Answers

Webinar: “State Child Death Review Advisory Boards: Strategies to make them effective in preventing deaths”
Presented May 10, 2017

Do you have a State CDR Advisory Board? Could your board be more effective in making recommendations or moving to action? Join us for this webinar as we hear from three states that have success stories and strategies to share. Your colleagues from Alabama, Michigan and Nevada will share their best practices in getting their state boards to act on local review findings and to move from data to action.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “Advisory”

Webinar: “Data Driven Strategies for Drowning Prevention”
Presented April 12, 2017

Among unintentional injuries, drowning is a leading cause of death of children. Almost 800 children fatally drown each year between the ages of 0-17 in the United States. This webinar will highlight three settings in which many drownings occur – in and around the home; swimming pools; and open bodies of water. Age, gender, and race vary considerably according to each of these settings. Prevention strategies for each of these settings will be discussed. Fatality review data has been instrumental in shaping our understanding of fatal drownings.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “Drowning”
Questions and Answers
Dangerous Waters: Profiles of Fatal Childhood Drownings in the U.S. 2005-2014, June 2016
Keeping Kids Safe in and Around Water Report, Exploring Misconceptions that Lead to Drowning, July 2016

Webinar “Applying the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Framework to Fatality Review and Prevention”
Presented March 8, 2017

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, can have a significant impact on the lifelong health and opportunity of individuals and families. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study links risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential and early death to events occurring in childhood. ACEs are a public health issue that can be prevented. Applying the ACEs framework to fetal, infant and child death review helps to identify and target unique prevention opportunities.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “ACES”
Questions and Answers

Webinar “Fatality Review of Deaths of Infants, Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs”
Presented February 8, 2017

Approximately one-fifth of the cases reviewed by CDR teams and entered into the CDR-Case Reporting System are deaths of children with disabilities and/or special health care needs. Infants and children with disabilities/special health care needs have different risks for death than their peers without these conditions. To conduct effective reviews of such deaths, CDR and FIMR teams need knowledge of disability/special health care needs in order to determine what role, if any, the disability/special health care needs played in the death.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “Disabilities”
Questions and Answers

Webinar “Building Effective Partnerships for Review”
Presented January 12, 2017

Strong and diverse partnerships are the foundation of a successful mortality review team. Partnerships are vital for all aspects of mortality review work, including reviewing deaths, abstracting and collecting data and identifying and implementing prevention recommendations. This webinar will focus on identifying and engaging new partners, identifying methods for improving collaboration with existing partners, and best practices in partnership building.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “Partners”
Effective Partnerships – slides

Webinar “Recognizing and Responding to Vicarious Trauma in Fatality Review”
Presented December 14, 2016
Fatality review is hard work, and team members may frequently participate in difficult reviews about deaths. This exposure, whether one time or repeated over time, can bring about symptoms of vicarious trauma. The webinar will identify what vicarious trauma is, how to recognize it, and how to respond to it. Speakers will include CDR program representatives and an expert in vicarious trauma.

Webinar materials:
Video archive – passcode “VT”
Slides from Webinar (PDF)
Guidance for CDR and FIMR Teams on Addressing Vicarious Trauma (PDF).
Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

Webinar “Effective Review of Natural Infant Deaths”
Presented November 16, 2016

Every year, more than half of child deaths ages 0 – 19 are infants under the age of one, and a
great majority of them are natural deaths due to prematurity and low birth weight. This webinar
provided a better understanding of what records are needed for a successful CDR and/or
FIMR review; what to look for in those records, identified opportunities for community‐based prematurity
prevention; and discussed common barriers to implementing prevention strategies.

Webinar materials:
Slides (PDF)
Tips for effective reviews (PDF)
Video Archive – passcode “Effective”
Webinar follow-up responses to questions (PDF)

Data Quality Initiative
June 23, 2016
Patricia Schnitzer, PhD

On June 23, 2016, Dr. Schnitzer presented a webinar entitled “Data Quality Initiative” which is one piece of a larger goal to improve the quality and consistency of the data entered into the Case Reporting System in an effort to improve usefulness of the data at the state and national level for identifying prevention strategies and monitoring the effectiveness of prevention measures that have been implemented.

There will be more information coming out of this Initiative over time and we hope that you will come back and visit this site in the future for more guidance. Until then, we have posted the webinar and accompanying PowerPoint slides:

Data Quality Initiative Webinar Access code “Quality”
NCFRP Data Quality Webinar slides

Webinar: Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Categorization Training
February 4, 2016
By Sharyn Parks Brown, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist/Data Manager for
the CDC’s SUID Case Registry

The Version 4.1 of the Case Reporting System introduced a new variable for categorizing SUID deaths. Use the access code viewwebinar. This webinar included case examples for participants to practice categorization.

Webinar: Child Death Review Case Reporting System: What’s New in Version 3.0
July 18, 2013

The National Center is rolling out Version 3.0 of the Case Reporting System. This new and updated version will make data entry easier for users and provide new features that users have requested. The audience is any authorized user of the CDR Case Reporting System. An archive of this webinar can be seen at The webinar is one hour.

PREVENTING CHILD FATALITIES: Promising Strategies for Improving the Outcomes of Fatality Reviews
August 22, 2012

This meeting was arranged by Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc., in partnership with the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths. It focused on sharing and discussing information from multiple States and review teams on best strategies for collaborating to improve the outcomes of child fatality reviews, with particular attention to preventable deaths by caregivers. The agenda included a presentation by Ying-Ying Yuan (WRMA), Teri Covington (NCRPCD), Liz Oppenheim (WRMA) titled: Examining Child Fatality Review Teams and Cross System Fatality Reviews to Promote the Safety of Children and Youth at Risk: Study Context, Purpose, Methods, and Findings. Click here to view a PDF of the slides from this presentation.

Infant Suffocation in the Sleep Environment Webcast
September 8, 2011

National leaders presented a webcast: Infant Suffocation Deaths in the Sleep Environment. Click for the slides. Please note that the audio file may take a moment to begin.

Keeping Kids Alive National Symposium
May 20 – 22, 2009

Let’s Make it Easy- While Getting the Most from Your Hard Work on Child Death Review Reporting
February 4, 2009

Archive of presentation at
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Child Death Review Findings: A Road Map for MCH Injury and Violence Prevention; Part I
August 20, 2007

Done in partnership with Children’s Safety Network

Click here for Presentations prior to 2007