Understanding and Preventing Child Deaths in Tennessee: 2018 Child Fatality Annual Report.
Tennessee. Department of Health.
State Resource Statistics Annual Report Technical Report
xii, 97 p.
Tennessee Department of Health
710 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37243
This report discusses the findings of Tennessee’s review of 854 child fatalities in 2016. Findings indicate: there were 966 child deaths in Tennessee in 2016; the overall child mortality rate in 2013 was 58.6/100,000, while the 2016 rate was 64.7/100,000, a significant increase; a total number of 597 deaths occurred in children under age 1 year and the overall 2016 infant mortality rate for Tennessee was 7.4/1,000 live births; the mortality rate among black children in 2016 was nearly 1.8 times that of white children; the number of deaths due to external causes increased while the number of deaths due to medical causes decreased; 274 reviewed child deaths were classified as due to external causes including motor vehicle crashes, weapons, asphyxia, fire/burns, poisoning or overdose, and fall/crush, representing a 13% increase from the 242 cases observed in 2015; the majority (56%) of the reviewed child deaths were due to a medical condition and 74% of the 473 were infants; and Tennessee’s male children accounted for a disproportionate percentage of child fatalities compared to females (57% vs. 43%, respectively), a pattern that has been consistent for the past five years. The report closes with recommendations for 2018 that focus on improving monitoring and intervention from suicidal indicators in youth, increasing the number of schools implementing evidence-based motor vehicle crash prevention programs, enhancing efforts to increase the safety of infant sleep environments, identifying and implementing of a minimum of three strategies to target racial and ethnic disparities, and increasing access to Voluntary Reversible Long Acting Contraceptives and 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone. 26 tables and 43 figures.
Tennessee; child fatalities; statistics; mental health services; school linked services; prevention programs; child abuse; child neglect; death; school violence; birth control; contraception