The Center for Research for Infant Birth and Survival, based at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, will hold its first symposium on April 12 at the Wichita Art Museum.
The symposium is intended to help CRIBS, founded last year to eradicate preventable infant death in Kansas, identify key priorities and needs in Kansas and among partners working in the field. The center plans to provide program evaluation, research, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices related to maternal and infant health.
The symposium will focus on three issues driving infant mortality:
Access to care, specifically in terms of preconception care and counseling, including mental health services.
Excess, especially in regards to tobacco and opioid use and working toward identifying and implementing evidence-based interventions to reduce their use, as they contribute to stillbirth, congenital malformations, low birth weights and gestational age and sudden unexpected infant death.
Safe Sleep, as SIDS and sleep-related deaths are one of the top contributors to sudden unexpected infant deaths in the state.