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    Prematurity Task Force Report Webinar

    Thursday, November 08, 2012
    Time: 3:00 PM
    Registration Time: 3:00 PM
    See below
    Anywhere, IL 60604

    Log-on to the webinar using this address:


    The Prematurity Task Force report is an initiative of the Perinatal Advisory Committee.

    The Prematurity Task Force members invite you to participate in a webinar to share with stakeholders concerned about the problem of premature births in Illinois to share highlights from a report recently released to the General Assembly that highlights the issue and shares recommendations on how to reduce premature births in our state.


    Janine H. Lewis
    Executive Director, IMCHC

    Susan Knight
    State Director, Program Services and Public Affairs
    Illinois Chapter, March of Dimes

    Learning Objectives:

    At the end of the webinar, participants should be able to:

    • Understand the problem of premature births in Illinois, including an overview of the extent and costs of preterm births in Illinois;
    • Identify known medical and social risk factors for preterm birth;
    • Learn about the seven recommendations for evidence-based medical and public health strategies, as well as state system and policy changes, to reduce preterm births in Illinois.

    What is the Prematurity Task Force?

    The Prematurity Task Force was created by House Joint Resolution 111, passed in 2010, which stipulated that the Perinatal Advisory Committee of the Illinois Department of Public Health submit a written report by November 2012 providing findings and recommendations concerning reducing preterm births in Illinois. Members of the Prematurity Task Force represent the following agencies: Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, March of Dimes Illinois Chapter, Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, UIC Perinatal Center, UIC School of Public Health, NorthShore University Health System, Representative Robyn Gabel, Representative Joann Osmond, Senator Donne Trotter and was chaired by Harold R. Bigger, MD, Rush University Medical Center.

    Who Should Participate?

    Community-based organizations, advocacy groups, health care organizations, state agencies, premature parent groups, and individuals interested in premature births in Illinois should participate.


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