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The September session of Grand Rounds “Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Pregnant Women and Infants: Data for Action,” was viewed in 16 foreign countries and in 45 states, plus the District of Columbia.
Emerging health threats are a concern for everyone, yet pregnant women and infants are particularly vulnerable. For example, infection with the Zika virus or having untreated syphilis during pregnancy can cause a miscarriage or devastating birth defects. These birth defects may include brain abnormalities, misshaped bones and hearing loss. The timely identification and understanding of these emerging health threats and others, such as the opioid epidemic, allow communities to act early to protect mothers and babies.
This session of Grand Rounds will discuss how tracking birth defects and monitoring health outcomes of pregnant women and infants can help in prevention and treatment efforts by providing real-time information through surveillance.
Beyond the Data: Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Pregnant Women and Infants- Data for Action
- V. Fan Tait, MD, FAAP - Moderator
- Chief Medical Officer
- Ginny Bowen, PhD, MHS
- LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service
Epidemiology and Statistics Branch
Division of STD Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
"Mind the Gap: Missed Opportunities to Prevent Congenital Syphilis"
- Mahsa Yazdy, PhD, MPH
Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
"Using Birth Defect Surveillance to Monitor Zika during Pregnancy"
- Sharon M. Watkins, PhD
- State Epidemiologist and Director
Bureau of Epidemiology
Pennsylvania Department of Health
"Adapting Zika Birth Defects Surveillance to Rapidly Monitor Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome"
- Dana Meaney-Delman, MD, MPH
- Acting Chief
Prevention Research and Translation Branch
Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
"Emerging Health Threats: How Surveillance Can Inform Clinical Practice"
- John Iskander, MD, MPH
- Scientific Director
- Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
- Deputy Scientific Director
- Susan Laird, MSN, RN
- Communications Director
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