(NASHVILLE, TN), March 17, 2010 — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) has been appointed to serve as a member of the Tennessee Child Fatality Review Team. The appointment was made today in Nashville by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, who appointed Overbey as one of two Senate members on the team.
The Child Fatality Review Team is a multi-disciplinary collection of individuals from various occupations that affect child health and safety. The team collects accurate information in every case of child death, so that a greater understanding can be reached as to the reason for such tragic fatalities, and to learn of any possible preventive measures that can be taken. Overbey has served on the House Health and Human Resources Committee for eight years and on the Senate General Welfare, Health and Human Services Committee for two years.
“I am very pleased to be appointed to the Tennessee Child Fatality Review Team” said Sen. Overbey. “We have many challenges before us and I look forward to being a part of finding solutions to give every Tennessee child a healthy start in life.”
Among the Team’s top child health concerns is the state’s high infant mortality rate. Tennessee is ranked 47th in the country, putting the state well above the national average. Nine out of 1,000 babies born alive in Tennessee die before their first birthday.
The Team is also comprised of professionals designed to make accurate, thorough investigations of child deaths.