SACIM Report on Prematurity

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Cynthia Pellegrini. Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs. Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. August 10, 2015. PREEMIE Act Charge. (3) Plan for . HHS . preterm birth activities.--Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Adviso.... ID: 280403 Download Presentation

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SACIM Report on Prematurity

Cynthia Pellegrini. Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs. Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. August 10, 2015. PREEMIE Act Charge. (3) Plan for . HHS . preterm birth activities.--Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Advisory Committee (or an advisory committee in existence as of the date of enactment of this Act and designated by the Secretary) shall develop .

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SACIM Report on Prematurity

Cynthia Pellegrini

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs

Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality

August 10, 2015

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PREEMIE Act Charge

(3) Plan for HHS preterm birth activities.--Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Advisory Committee (or an advisory committee in existence as of the date of enactment of this Act and designated by the Secretary) shall develop a plan for conducting and supporting research, education, and programs on preterm birth through the Department of Health and Human Services and shall periodically review and revise the plan, as appropriate. The plan shall– examine research and educational activities that receive Federal funding in order to enable the plan to provide informed recommendations to reduce preterm birth and address racial and ethnic disparities in preterm birth rates; identify research gaps and opportunities to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce preterm birth rates among the programs and activities of the Department of Health and Human Services regarding preterm birth, including opportunities to minimize duplication; and reflect input from a broad range of scientists, patients, and advocacy groups, as appropriate.

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Congressional Intent

Documentation of Congressional intent beyond the plain language of the statute is scantyLaw was passed without much debate in committeeNo committee reportsBrief floor debate does not mention the planMarch of Dimes insights into Congressional intentWorked closely with the sponsors in drafting and progressStrong sense of wishing to move forward with urgency, purpose, and use of evidence-based strategiesDesire to have structure and direction to the work, rather than simply allowing it to continue

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Recommended Plan Priorities

Elevating preterm birth as a national priorityIncreasing research into preterm birthImproving data collection, analysis, and disseminationWorking to eliminate social inequitiesImproving access to quality health careTraining health professionalsIncreasing public and provide education

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Using the Plan

Focusing efforts and energiesDriving appropriationsIncreasing accounts and fending off cutsImpelling Administration agencies forwardProviding material for state advocacyGalvanizing other stakeholders into actionShaping the next reauthorization

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Thank you!

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