For a modest budget, the Child Fatality Task Force has an impressive record of saving lives, and millions of dollars to North Carolina tax payers through a 20 year record of sound, science based policy across child health issues from graduated drivers licenses, home fire safety, sudden infant death, and premature infant deaths.
In a challenging legislative session, the Child Fatality Task Force has supported prescription drug legislation and preserving North Carolina’s highly effective top rated motorcycle helmet law, not popular position by some.
Below is some summary information for those interested in sharing and educating partners of the work of the Child Fatality Task Force.
North Carolina’s Child Fatality Task Force
• Since its inception in 1991, the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force (CFTF) has contributed to a 46% decline in the child death rate due to a sustained and strategic focus on ways to reduce child death.
• By convening diverse experts from around the state, the CFTF provides important information to the policy process, beyond the data and input from local teams.
• In addition to the 35 members of the CFTF, hundreds of North Carolinians contribute a combined 1000 hours of input and expertise.
• The CFTF provides a platform for diverse stakeholders to come together to craft effective solutions using best practice to reduce child death in North Carolina.
• The CFTF has analyzed a wide range of complex issues that have subsequently been taken up by the General Assembly and passed into law.
• While child death is declining nationwide, it is declining more in NC, suggesting this approach is effective.
• If the child fatality rate from 1991 had persisted, more than 10,000 additional children would have died over the past two decades
• North Carolina was in the bottom 10 states in infant mortality and child death when the Child Fatality Task Force was established, we now rank 36 in infant mortality and 18 in child death, this suggests that improvement is something that NC is doing -- not just advancements in medical treatments or safe road and car designs.
Alan Dellapenna, Jr.,
N.C. Department of Health and Human Services
Branch Head, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch
Chronic Disease and Injury Section