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The 2016 Partnerships: The Building Blocks of Transformation Summit was held at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh on November 9-10. More than 275 attendees represented Maternal and Child Health, Child Death Review and Fetal Infant Mortality Review in Wisconsin. Attendees enjoyed keynote presentations from Sylvia Cheuy of the Tamarack Institute, Erin Reiney of Health Resources and Services Administration, Mark Del Monte of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Dr. Dipesh Navsaria of the University of Wisconsin. Various topics were covered in breakout sessions by speakers from all over Wisconsin. Speaker presentations are available on the Alliance website.

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Annual Conference
March 4-7, 2017
Kansas City, MO
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National Cribs for Kids Conference
April 25-28, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
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Wisconsin Public Health Association Annual Conference
May 23-25, 2017
Wisconsin Dells, WI
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E-cigarette vs. conventional cigarettes
Did you know e-cigarette use has surpassed conventional cigarette use among Wisconsin youth? A recent news release E-cigarette Use Outpaces Conventional Cigarettes Among WI Youth shares data from the 2016 Youth Tobacco Survey, a report released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. This survey reported 8.1 percent of Wisconsin high school students are current smokers, compared to 13.3 percent of high school students currently using e-cigarettes. In the report students explained various flavors are what attracted them to e-cigarettes. The students also commented they probably would not or definitely would not try an e-cigarette if it did not have any flavor such as mint, candy, fruit or chocolate. Karen McKeown, state health officer said “It’s great that fewer children are smoking, but it’s very troubling candy and fruit flavors are luring more kids into giving e-cigarettes a try.” One reason the state is concerned is the exposure to nicotine during adolescence can alter brain development, making kids more susceptible to addiction. “We have to stay committed to keeping our kids tobacco and nicotine-free,” said McKeown.

Increase your knowledge about the dangers of e-cigarettes by visiting the American Lung Association website.

Wisconsin Hospital Association Advocacy Day
Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) Advocacy Day is scheduled for April 19, 2017 at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin. This annual legislative event brings together health care employees, volunteers and trustees to motivate and educate one another on health-related legislation and state-wide issues. The event focuses on grassroots advocacy opportunities available throughout the state. Attendees have the opportunity to schedule visits with their legislators at the Capitol to discuss the issues they learn about. The event is free of charge. Learn more about WHA Advocacy Day and sign up to attend.

Technology and traffic fatalities
It has become the norm to record just about every second of your day. Live streaming new and exciting events can be done using everyday tech items, such as a cell phone or tablet. However, recording events at the wrong time can create an unsafe environment for the tech user and those around them. As the use of technology advances, safety measures during use should also advance. Initially, distracted driving became a problem when people began using cell phones. Hands free Bluetooth devices were created to help drivers stay focused. Have those accommodations contributed to the rise in deaths? The article, Biggest Spike in Traffic Deaths in 50 years? Blame Apps might agree. New apps, Bluetooth devices and car Wi-Fi have led to the boom in internet use in vehicles that safety experts say are contributing to a surge in highway deaths. After steady declines over the last four decades, highway fatalities last year recorded the largest annual percentage increase in 50 years. Farmers Insurance Company recommends seven tips to decrease distracted driving. They are:
  • Don’t be afraid to turn off your phone
  • Use voice commands and Bluetooth sparingly
Visit the Farmers Insurance Company website to see the complete list.

Holiday cooking safety
Unattended cooking was the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries from 2006-2010. Frying poses the greatest risk of cooking fires. Additionally, three out of every five reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims attempted to fight the fire themselves. As the holidays approach and families will be spending more time cooking, there are a few safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration to keep in mind.
  • “Stand by your pan” and turn off the burner if you leave the room
  • Watch what you are cooking
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove
  • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby to cover the pan if it catches fire
For more cooking safety tips and outreach materials, visit the U.S. Fire Administration website.

American Academy of Pediatrics updated guidelines
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated recommendations on October 24 for safe infant sleep. The AAP policy was previously updated in 2011. These updates draw on new research and provide clarifications and a few changes to the previous recommendations.
  • Parents are encouraged to share a room, not a bed, for the first 6 months of life up to age 1 
  • If your baby falls asleep in a car seat, stroller, swing or infant carrier, move him or her to a firm sleep surface on his or her back as soon as possible
  • Only bring your baby into bed to feed or comfort. Return baby to his or her own sleep space before you are ready to go to sleep
For more information on these updated regulations visit the

The William H. Perloff Keeping Kids Alive in Wisconsin Award is named after Dr. Perloff who worked tirelessly to develop and advocate for Child Death Review (CDR) in Wisconsin, always with the goal of preventing future tragedy. Dr. Perloff became the official CDR trainer and mentor for many individuals and local teams across the state. In honor of Dr. Perloff’s passion and commitment to keeping children healthy and safe, the Wisconsin Child Death Review Council established the Keeping Kids Alive in Wisconsin Award in his name. The award is presented each year at Summit to an individual or team that embodies the passion and spirit of Dr. Perloff’s work to prevent child deaths.

The 2016 William H. Perloff Keeping Kids Alive in Wisconsin Award was presented to Dr. Timothy Corden at the Partnerships: The Building Blocks of Transformation Summit on November 9. Dr. Corden assisted in securing the first and subsequent grants for building the CDR system in Wisconsin. Dr. Corden has been a critical care physician at University of Wisconsin- Madison, American Family Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for more than 20 years. He has served as the policy director of the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin and as vice chair of the Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance. Dr. Corden has also served as the chair of the Wisconsin CDR Council and as Medical Director for the Maternal and Child Health program at the Department of Health Services. He continues to be a resource for the CDR system in Wisconsin. We would like to extend our congratulations and gratitude to Dr. Corden for his unwavering support of Keeping Kids Alive in Wisconsin.
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