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Phil Bredesen on Families & Children

Democratic TN Governor

 


Increase fetal & infant survival rates among babies

Governor Phil Bredesen announced establishment of a Fetal Infant Mortality Review team. The state is providing funding for the start up of FIMR teams in an effort to increase fetal and infant survival rates among Tennessee babies.

"The Governor's Office of Children's Care Coordination, local officials and partnering organizations are putting in place the best and most successful programs from across the country to give babies the very best chance of reaching their first birthday," said Bredesen. "While we've seen some preliminary indications that the number of infant deaths is on the decline, we must continue to do everything we can to improve the health outcomes for this vulnerable population."

In 2006, Governor Bredesen joined more than 200 stakeholders to develop and outline a strategy to address infant mortality in Tennessee. Since the strategy's implementation, more than $15 million has been invested statewide.

Source: 2009 gubernatorial press release: "Infant Mortality" , Apr 1, 2009

Claire's Law: hearing loss screenings for every newborn

Governor Bredesen signed three pieces of legislation in a ceremonial bill signing today, including a bill that enacts Claire's Law (SB 3191/ HB 2743). Claire's Law requires hearing loss screenings for every newborn in Tennessee unless the parents object on the grounds that the test would conflict with their religious tenets or practices.

"With Claire's Law, we are greatly improving early hearing detection and intervention in Tennessee," Bredesen said. "With these new measures in place for early detection, we will be able to better help children with hearing loss and to promote their healthy development."

Source: Press release on Tennessee voting record SB 3191/ HB 2743 , Jul 1, 2008

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