DSHS was fortunate to have Kentucky Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ruth Ann Shepherd deliver a Grand Rounds presentation on the state of preterm birth in Kentucky in November 2010. She discussed innovative programs that have been initiated to mitigate mortality associated with preterm birth and low birth weight.
The planning stage began with an Expert Panel Meeting in January facilitated by the Litaker Group™, an Austin-based consulting firm. In preparation for this meeting data on the state of infant mortality in Texas, the business case for healthy pregnancy and other documents laid a foundation for participants to understand the complexity of the issues.
The meeting materials included presentations by speakers to round out participants’ understanding of the possibilities and challenges in reducing infant mortality.
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