Saving Babies. Strengthening Families:

A Summit to Support the Health and Safety of Missouri's Babies

On Friday, October 25, 2013, several members of Missouri’s Legislature, consumers, and representatives of health and other child caring agencies attended Saving Babies, Strengthening Families: A Summit to Support the Health and Safety of Missouri’s Babies. The event was organized by Nurses for Newborns and sponsored by the Missouri Foundation for Health, Missouri’s Children’s Trust Fund, and the St. Louis Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. Speakers addressed issues that legislators had identified in a survey they completed earlier this year. Economist Dr. Derek Brown of the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University discussed The Economic Advantages of Preventing Child Maltreatment. Dr. Melissa Jonson Reid of the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention discussed the Risks Associated with Child Abuse and Neglect and Dr. Lee Smith of the Saint Louis University School of Nursing presented her work on Teen Pregnancy and its impact on the life of the parent and the child. Using region specific information on needs and resources, the final portion of the event engaged participants in regional discussions about issues impacting infants and ways to enhance their health and safety. In addition, the day featured artwork of children from area schools that celebrated ways to encourage infant health and safety. Nurses for Newborns is grateful to the Summit’s sponsors, speakers, legislative presenters and to all who participated in the event.

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