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January 2002Vol. 3, No. 1CDC Announces Funding Awards for Surveillance of Child Maltreatment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded the health departments in five States a total of $1.3 million in funding for the surveillance of child maltreatment. The recipients of the funding awards include the California Department of Health Services, the Michigan Public Health Institute, and the Departments of Health in Minnesota, Missouri, and Rhode Island. The funding encompasses studies of mortality and morbidity rates during the calendar years 2000 and/or 2001 among children ages 0 through 9 years.

The mortality surveillance will compare alternative approaches to surveillance for fatal and non-fatal child maltreatment on the State level. The intent is to address the need for a practical surveillance system for child maltreatment, which can be implemented on the State level.

The morbidity surveillance will test methods that may be used for the surveillance of violence at all ages, which could serve as a starting point for a national violent death surveillance system. Overall, the program will help determine the utility of various data sources for surveillance systems, and will address the Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2010 agenda ( in the focus area of Injury and Violence Prevention.

Program requirements for mortality and morbidity surveillance include data collection, calculation of incidence rates by age group, sex, and race and description of the epidemiology of cases. States had to demonstrate access to records with unique identifiers from specified sources in order to be eligible for funding.

The awards were made at the end of September 2001 for a 12-month budget period within a three year project period. Continuation awards within an approved project period will be made on the basis of satisfactory progress and the availability of funds.

The Michigan Public Health Institute was awarded $100,000 for the Mortality Surveillance project, the Minnesota and Missouri Departments of Health were awarded about $300,000 each for the Morbidity Surveillance project, and the Rhode Island Department of Health and California Department of Health Services were awarded $300,000 and $340,000 respectively for both projects.

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See related article "HHS Reports New Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics" in the May/June 2001 issue of Children's Bureau Express.