Archived Webinars / Presentations

Webinar: “Exploring how FIMR and CDR teams identify and address disparities”
Presented June 26, 2019

This webinar explores how Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) teams and Child Death Review (CDR) use the fatality review process to identify and address health disparities and improve maternal, infant, and child health outcomes in their communities.

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

Webinar: “Black/White Equity in the opportunity to survive the 1st year of life… A dream deferred”
Presented June 5, 2019

This webinar explores how the inequities in social conditions forced upon slaves and their descendants provide the primary explanation for the racial disparities we see today.

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

Webinar: “Dynamic Collaboration with Other Review Processes”
Presented May 7, 2019

This webinar explores effective collaboration between civilian child death review (CDR) and fetal and infant mortality review (FIMR) collaboration with military child death reviews overseen by the Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program, as well as maternal mortality review (MMR) processes.

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Archive of Webinar passcode “NCFRP”

Webinar: “New Resources from the NCFRP”
Presented March 27, 2019

This webinar focuses on the technical assistance, training and written materials available from the NCFRP. It will include written materials, presentations, virtual trainings as well as onsite visits. New resources, such as a series of new training modules were unveiled.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “NCFRP”

Webinar: “Bereavement support for families and professionals”
Presented February 20, 2019

Fatality Review personnel, caregivers, and workers dealing with bereaved families often express their need to know more about how to communicate with and provide services for families following an infant or child loss. This webinar will provide an overview of the types of infant and child loss, best practices for supporting families, expressions of grief, and how to recognize complicated grief reactions. The webinar will conclude with tips for processing our own feelings on grief and loss, vicarious trauma, and resources for self-care.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “Support”
CHW Grief Websites
CHW Grief Books
Resiliency Toolbox
Questions and Answers

Webinar: “Using Population data to complement fatality review data: An overview of CDC WONDER and Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR)”
Presented November 14, 2018

Fatality review includes information often not available through routine quantitative methods. Population data, such as vital statistics, are frequently used to complement fatality review findings. This presentation will include a demonstration of the CDC WONDER, an integrated information and communication system for public health developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The webinar will also introduce participants to Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) is a comprehensive approach to help communities use data to reduce infant mortality.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “Population”
Questions and Answers
Hand Out

Webinar: “Improving Child Abuse and Neglect Fatality Reviews”
Presented October 24, 2018

Every day, four to eight children in the United States die from abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents or caretakers. No one knows the exact number, and there has been little progress in preventing these tragic deaths. Most of the children who die are infants or toddlers. Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

In Fall 2017, experts from across the globe came together to develop evidence-based best practices on conducting multi-disciplinary reviews of child abuse and neglect fatalities. These experts developed a tool kit and written guidance based on review models from across the globe. This session will focus on providing examples of the tools as well as describe how data collected in the National Fatality Review-Case Reporting System can help track and identify systems gaps related to abuse and neglect fatalities. Additionally, participants will receive the written guidance and tool kit as well as other resources aimed at improving the quality of reviews as well as improving the effectiveness of their review system.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “CAN”
Guidance: Child Maltreatment Fatality Reviews: Learning Together to Improve Systems That Protect Child and Prevent Maltreatment.

Webinar: “FIMR Tutorial: National Fatality Review Case Reporting System”
Presented June 5, 2018

This webinar provided an overview of FIMR data entry using the National Fatality Review Case Reporting System. It covered data entry, managing cases, running reports and tracking prevention initiatives. Those who should watch this webinar are those who do case abstraction, entry, and/or analysis of FIMR data using the National Fatality Review Case Reporting System (NFR‐CRS) or those interested in finding out more about the System.

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

Webinar: “Preventing Suicide: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Effective Prevention Model”
Presented May 30, 2018

The goals of this webinar were to explain the importance of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention, describe 3 key elements of effective prevention, identify how to the SPRC’s website to connect with state youth suicide prevention leads and locate key resources for planning and implementing a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention in states and communities.

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

2018 National Child Death Review Conference: Helping Communities Celebrate More Birthdays
In May 2018 CDR coordinators gathered in Denver, Colorado. Click here for the agenda and slides from presentations.

Webinar: “Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect in Version 5.0 of the NFR-CRS”
Presented April 4, 2018

The NCFRP is getting ready for the release of Version 5.0 of the National Fatality Review Case Reporting System (NFR-CRS) on April 23rd, 2018. This webinar highlights new section I5 (Child Abuse, Neglect, Poor Supervision and Exposure to Hazards) and section J (Person Responsible). These sections replace the Acts of Omission and Commission Section of version 4.1.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “NCFRP”

Webinar: “What’s New in Version 5.0 of the National Fatality Review Case Reporting System”
Presented March 21, 2018

The NCFRP is getting ready for the release of Version 5.0 of the National Fatality Review Case Reporting System (NFR-CRS) on April 23rd, 2018. This webinar highlights major changes including re-structuring of the current Section I, Acts of Omission/Commission, to be more user friendly (which will improve the consistency of reporting), and addition of new skip patterns in other sections (for example, if the decedent was a premature infant who never left the hospital after birth, many inapplicable questions will automatically be skipped). There are many other improvements coming your way in Version 5.0, largely thanks to your feedback.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “NCFRP”

Webinar: “Highlighting Important Prevention Resources from our Partners”
Presented February 21, 2018

Have you wondered what prevention resources are available from Cribs for Kids, The Children’s Safety Network, and City MatCH? Please welcome, Judith Bannon, Jennifer Allison, and Erin Schneider for a webinar as they discuss the mission of their organizations and the various prevention resources available for you.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “Partners”

Webinar: “Improving Our Understanding of Infants with Substance Exposure and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)”
Presented October 31, 2017

Have you wondered what the difference is between an infant born substance exposed and an infant born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)? Join Dr. Nancy K. Young for an interactive webinar that will cover the picture of opioid use disorders; substance use during pregnancy; the difference between NAS and substance exposure; best practices for collaboration and plans of safe care; and suggestions for what fatality review teams can do to address the needs of families affected by substance use disorders.

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

Exploring how Title V can use fatality review to improve maternal and child outcomes in communities
Presented October 17, 2017
Audience: State/Federal Maternal and Child Health Partnership Technical Assistance Meeting, Skill Building Workshop

Fatality Review is a valuable tool that can enhance and inform states’ Title V Needs Assessment, Action Planning, Data Collection and Analysis, and Workforce Development. FIMR and CDR benefit Title V programs by:

  • Examining social, cultural, safety, and health systems factors that are associated with fetal, infant, and child mortality through review of individual cases
  • Identifying system barriers and problems that need improvement through case reviews
  • Addressing ways of improving service systems and community resources to reduce future fetal, infant, and child deaths
  • Providing valuable qualitative data to use with states’ quantitative infant and child mortality data

Key to both processes is building diverse coalition/community partnerships that lead to better understanding of the determinants of fetal, infant and child deaths and community-specific prevention initiatives.

This presentation was part of a Skills Building workshop, given at the State/Federal Maternal Child Health Partnership Technical Assistance Meeting, October 17 2017, Arlington, Virginia.

Click here for the slides from Workshop

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.

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

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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