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Fatality Review Program

The purpose of the Fatality Review Program is to conduct a comprehensive review of deaths of vulnerable populations in order to better understand the factors that contributed to the death and to identify factors that are potentially preventable. Our ultimate goal is to improve the health and safety of all Philadelphians and to reduce the number of preventable deaths.

The Fatality Review Program currently runs four 
fatality review teams that look at different populations in Philadelphia. Another team process that reviews Philadelphia deaths, the Fetal & Infant Mortality Review, is run by the Division of Maternal, Child & Family Health.

The Fatality Review Program accepts interns who are public health majors in their junior or senior years, as well as graduate students of public health or other health-related fields.

Contact us:
Phone: 215-685-7461
Fax: 215-685-9465

General Child Death Review
Homeless Deaths
Infant Deaths
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths
The federal government’s clearinghouse of information about SIDS and other sleep-related deaths.
Maternal Deaths
Violent Deaths/Homicides
Healing Hurt People
A community-focused, hospital-based program in Philadelphia designed to reduce re-injury and retaliation among youth ages 8-30.

Philadelphia Ceasefire
Local chapter of a structured violence intervention that was developed in Chicago based on the premise that violence can be prevented.
Youth Suicides and Accidental Deaths
Safe Kids Pennsylvania
Promotes the prevention of childhood injuries in Pennsylvania through education, collaboration and advocacy.