Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System: 2018 Annual Legislative Report.
Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System State Review Team.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: July 2018
Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS)
This report presents Colorado child fatality data, provides an overview of programmatic accomplishments for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017-18, and identifies specific policy recommendations to reduce child deaths in Colorado. It begins with an overview of the public health approach to child fatality prevention and an explanation of the case review methodology. Findings are then reported and indicate that of the 2,946 deaths that occurred in Colorado from 2012 through 2016, 1,011 met the statutory mandate for Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) child fatality review and received a thorough case review. Between 2012 and 2016, sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) was the leading cause of death among children under 1 year of age (76.3%, n=225), followed by child maltreatment (28.1%, n=83). Among 1-4 year olds, child maltreatment (45.0%, n=68), motor vehicle/transport- related (16.6%, n=25) and unintentional drowning (16.6%, n=25) were the leading causes of death. Children ages 5-9 years had fewer deaths than any other age category. The leading causes of death for this age group were motor vehicle/transport-related (48.1%, n=38) and child maltreatment (31.7%, n=25). Among 10-14 year olds, suicide (46.5%, n=74) was the leading cause of death, followed by motor vehicle/transport-related (28.9%, n=46) and child maltreatment (8.8%, n=14) deaths. Suicide was also the leading cause of death among 15-17 year olds, representing 45.3% (n=148) of all reviewed deaths within this age group, followed by motor vehicle/transport-related fatalities (33.0%, n=108) and unintentional poisoning deaths (7.3%, n=24). Recommendations are made to prevent child fatalities and improve child fatality data quality and address: behavioral health promotion, youth suicide prevention, a primary seat belt law, paid leave for families, evidence-based home visitation, quality and affordable child care, and education on firearms deaths. 39 references. (Author abstract modified)
child fatalities; adolescents; child abuse; statistics; incidence; sudden infant death syndrome; drowning; suicide; prevention programs; guidelines; child protection; home visiting programs; mental health services; Colorado