Preventing unnecessary childhood deaths

June 17, 2016

In a room off the main office of the Knox County Health Department, a handful of people gathered to review and prevent a heavy topic.

The Child Fatality Review Board is not a new entity in Knox County, yet little is known about the organization. The board consists of law enforcement, doctors, health department employees, coroners and members various other fields that can contribute in any way. The mission of the board is to reduce health and life threats, particularly death, among all Kentucky children under the age of 18. At its quarterly meetings, the board reviews fatalities that occur both in the Knox County community and the state as a whole to determine how to prevent similar deaths from occurring in the future.

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