Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) is a process of identifying and studying factors that contribute to fetal and infant deaths. Through examination of health records and interviews with families who have experienced the death of a fetus or an infant, FIMR identifies areas for improvement in service systems and community resources and provides recommendations for new policies to safeguard women, children and families.
FIMR uses a community-based approach by bringing together local health providers, consumers, advocates and leaders. Jackson County FIMR is modeled after the national FIMR program, which is two-tiered, consisting of a Case Review Team and a Community Action Team.
Case Review Team
The Case Review Team is composed of human services agencies, health care providers and other experts that review case information and interviews. They identify issues, look at trends, and make recommendations to the Community Action Team for community change.
In Jackson County the Community Action Team, or the Jackson County Prenatal Task Force, is composed of community leaders, advocates, and consumers who receive the recommendations of the Case Review Team. They prioritize issues and design and implement interventions to improve services, systems and community resources.
Fetal & Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Program
The Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) program, the Jackson County Prenatal Task Force, and the Jackson County Safe Sleep Coalition work together to reduce infant deaths.
Six Major Goals
The Jackson County Prenatal Task Force has identified six major goals for improvement:
- Preventing preterm labor and delivery
- Decreasing tobacco exposure, alcohol and other drug use
- Decreasing unintended pregnancies
- Assuring assessment and referral for domestic violence and mental health concerns
- Increasing awareness of safe infant sleep practices through the Jackson County Safe Sleep Coalition (JCSSC)
- Improving collection and use of vital statistic information on infant mortality.