Health Service Region 11 Birth Defects Monitoring Division

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Vision Statement:

To be one of the most accurate, efficient, innovative, and responsive birth defect registries in the state.

Purpose:

To identify and describe the patterns of birth defects in our region. To collaborate within finding causes of birth defects, working towards prevention, and linking families with services.

Activities:

    Surveillance
  • Create and maintain a registry of birth defects in our region.
  • Describe patterns of birth defects in our jurisdiction.
  • Monitor data for changes in rates through time and place.
  • Respond to request for data in accordance with regional guidelines.
  • Assist to conduct cluster investigations.
    Prevention
  • Support the education of the general public and health professionals about the causes, surveillance, impact and prevention of birth defects.
  • To collaborate in education and preventive measures to reduce birth defects prevalence region-wide.
    Services
  • Identify and collaborate on the referral of children with special needs to appropriate services.

Links:

Texas Birth Defects Monitoring Division -- http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/birthdefects/default.shtm

Jorge Trevino
Program Manager

Last updated February 23, 2011