National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths

National Center For Child Death Review logoThe Michigan CDR process is a national model because of its focus on the prevention of deaths. It was one of the first states to expand the focus of the review process to include all deaths from birth to age 18.  This approach has been successful in empowering communities to take action to prevent other deaths due to all causes. 

The Michigan Child Death Review Program has served as a model for other state review processes, and for many years has provided training and technical assistance to these states. As a result of this proactive approach, the Michigan CDR program was awarded a grant from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources ServicesAdministration to act as a national resource center for child death review programs.

In 2002, in order to provide national leadership, the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau made funds available for a national resource center for child death review.  In part, because of Michigan’s success with a public health approach to child death review, Michigan Public Health Institute (which manages the Michigan Child Death Review Program) received the grant.

The National MCH Center for Child Death Review serves as a resource center for state and local CDR programs. It promotes, supports and enhances child death review methodology and activities at the state, community and national levels. A major focus of the Center is to help translate CDR findings into state and local actions for preventing child deaths and injuries.