Legislators have already been engaged. Most recently, Rep. Betty McCollum is helping publicly launch the coalition and is encouraging the creation of the first of its kind bi-partisan sub-caucus, in collaboration with the Congressional Quality Care Coalition, to focus on Newborn Health.
The Newborn Coalition envisions broad public-private partnerships that will engage like-minded organizations, non-profits, the White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, the NIH, CDC and others to improve outreach and outcomes for newborns through infancy.
The coalition is growing to include all of these key stakeholders. Engaging families touched by newborn health issues was core to the Newborn Coalitions principles – and all of these are geared to:
- Promote health care innovation and excellence, early identification/prevention, research and emerging technology to improve outcomes for newborns
- Advocate and shape policies to positively impact the unique needs of newborns and their families
- Educate the public on issues surrounding newborn health, safety and wellness/leverage the feedback, experiences and expertise of families touched by newborn health issues