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Child Fatality Review Board

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Child deaths are often regarded as an indicator of the health of a community. While mortality data provide us with an overall picture of child deaths (by number and cause), it is from a careful study of each and every child’s death that we can learn how best to respond to a death and how best to prevent another.

In 2000 the Ohio General Assembly established the Ohio Child Fatality Review Program as a way to better understand why young children die. The law mandates that Child Fatality Review (CFR) Boards be established in each county to review the deaths of all children under the age of 18 years.

The mission of the Child Fatality Review Board is to reduce the incidence of preventable child deaths in Butler County. This is accomplished by identifying those deaths that could have been prevented and identifying strategies that would help prevent future deaths from happening.

The review boards are comprised of community leaders from many different disciplines. The Butler County Health Commissioner is the Chair of the Butler County Child Fatality Review Board and leads the effort to study and prevent child deaths.  The CFR Board meets twice per year.