TRICAM Areas of Focus

For each of the leading causes of death, TRICAM evaluated multiple variables related to each cause to determine the team’s initial areas of focus. The variables included the magnitude of the mortality rate for each cause; trends over the past decade; ages and demographics of the children impacted; racial/ethnic disparities for each cause; and opportunities for translation of evidence into clinical practice or the community setting. As a result of this evaluation process, the following causes of death were selected as the initial TRICAM areas of focus. The ages in parentheses adjacent to each cause indicate the age range for which it is a leading cause of death:

  • Asthma (5 – 24 years)
  • Child physical abuse and neglect (birth – 4 years)
  • Congenital heart disease (birth – 24 years)
  • Motor vehicle collisions (birth – 24 years)
  • Sepsis (birth – 24 years)
  • Suicide (10 – 24 years)

Next Steps and ways to get involved

  • Lurie Children’s and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine faculty content experts
  • Community-based organizations and interest groups
  • Employment seekers

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