Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System: 2020 Annual Legislative Report.
Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System State Review Team.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: July 2020
Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS)
This report presents Colorado child fatality data, provides an overview of programmatic accomplishments for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20, 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 from 2014 to 2018, 37.4% of deaths occurring in Colorado among infants, children, and youth under age 18 were due to injury and violence; the Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) reviewed 225 deaths in 2018, 41 fewer than in 2017; and 32% of children and youth who died by suicide previously experienced child maltreatment as a victim. Additional findings indicate the leading causes of death among those under age 18 are suicide, child maltreatment, motor vehicle and other transportation, sudden unexpected infant death, and firearms. Several causes of death that were trending upward in previous years, such as suicide, child maltreatment, and motor vehicle and other transportation deaths, decreased between 2017 and 2018. Firearm deaths, homicide, and unintentional drowning deaths, however, increased in this period. Across several of the leading causes of death, CFPS observed disparities for non-Hispanic Black infants, children, and youth as well as for those residing in rural counties in Colorado. Recommendations are made to prevent child fatalities and improve child fatality data quality and address: behavioral health promotion, quality and affordable housing, quality and affordable child care, evidence-based home visitation, paid leave for families, and motor vehicle community engagement. An appendix includes an analysis and update on CFPS previous recommendations. 126 references.
child fatalities; adolescents; child abuse; statistics; incidence; sudden infant death syndrome; drowning; suicide; prevention programs; guidelines; child protection; Racial factors; mental health services; home visiting programs; Colorado