State Spotlight - Rhode Island

Last updated:  November 2012

Anne Marie Silvia
Coordinator, Child Death Review Team
Rhode Island Department of Health
48 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904
Phone: 401-824-2119
Fax: 401-222-5504


Mortality Statistics

Program Description

The Rhode Island Child Death Review Team was established in 1997 and is housed out of the RI Department of Health, Office of the State Medical Examiners. The program has a budget of funded by Rhode Island Department of Health. The funding supports 0.4 FTEs and includes time and effort for a coordinator and data manager. Rhode Island is also a member of the Northeast Regional Coalition of State CDR Programs.

Rhode Island has one state team.

State Team:  
The team is comprised of 22 members and meets 8-10 times a year. 

Rhode Island's State CDR team reviews deaths to children through 17 years of age.  Rhode Island reviews deaths due to SUID, injuries, homicides, suicides, abuse/neglect and deaths of natural causes that are potentially preventable such as those due to asthma.  Reviews are conducted retrospectively.  The team reviews approximately 80 deaths each year.  The state also has domestic violence and maternal mortality reviews.

The purpose of the Rhode Island CDR Program is to bring together a multi-disciplinary team from across the state to share information and ideas through the review of individual child deaths and child death data. The group works together to analyze and make recommendations to prevent child deaths in the state.

Rhode Island CDR has access to state vital statistics which are used in conjunction with Medical Examiner data. Rhode Island enters all known cases of child deaths occurring in Rhode Island into the National Center for Child Death Review web-based reporting system.

Annual Report
Due to small numbers, Rhode Island has not historically produced annual reports. Special topics reports have been prepared for distribution to legislators, media, policy makers and professional groups. Summary data reports will be developed every three years beginning in 2012.

Prevention Initiatives
CDR findings have influenced policy changes at the agency level.

Rhode Island has CDR Meeting, confidentiality, preventability assessment and child death investigation protocols in place.

Rhode Island does not provide regular training.