Roundtable Discussion on Infant Mortality and the Zika Virus
On Monday, February 22 from 9:00am-10:30am, I will be hosting a roundtable discussion at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital with local, state, and federal officials on how to protect babies from the Zika virus and other threats to their health. While the Zika virus is an emerging danger in the US, there are also other, more prevalent dangers to the health of a baby. Representatives from the March of Dimes will discuss ways to reduce premature birth. Representatives from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Regional One Health, the Shelby County Health Department, and the Tennessee Department of Health will discuss strategies to reduce infant mortality and protect expectant mothers from Zika. The Deputy Associate Administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will also be at the roundtable to discuss the agency’s goals and its roadmap for improving the health of children in Tennessee by 2020. The event is open to the public.