Program Staff

MDHHS established a contract with the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) to manage the CDR program. The contract requires MPHI to provide annual training for team members. MPHI has also facilitated regional trainings around the state for professionals involved in the investigations of children’s deaths. Annual regional meetings of local CDR team coordinators are held throughout the state. MPHI staff attends local CDR meetings to provide technical assistance and encourage prevention efforts. Program support materials produced include resource guides for effective reviews, investigative protocols, formatted local and state mortality data and a program website. MPHI staff helps teams with case identification, guidance on team functioning, research on causes of death, county- and cause-specific data analysis, and other types of technical assistance and support as needed.

The Michigan CDR program has established working relationships with numerous diverse organizations throughout the state to promote child health and safety. The program maintains a productive working relationship with MDHHS that has led to the implementation of innovative strategies to better protect children and prevent deaths.

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