Functional Committees

Communications and Health Promotions (CHP) Committee

The CHP Committee is responsible for facilitating, updating, and monitoring the Network communications, social networking accounts, and website. The committee also develops and participates in birth defect health observances such as Birth Defect Awareness Month, World Birth Defects Day, and Folic Acid Awareness Week.

Chairs: Amy Nance and Justin Huang
CHP Meetings: Every 2 months on the Fourth Wed, 1-2pm EST
Charter and  Workplan

  • Birth Defect Awareness Month
            Meetings: Every month on the second Mon, 12-1pm EST

  • Folic Acid Awareness Week
            Meetings: Every month on the first Wed, 2-3 pm EST (ends October 2021 and resumes in 2022)

  • Media: Social and Website
            Meetings: Every month on the second Tue, 2-3pm EST

  • Newsletter
            Meetings: To Be Announced

Program & Professional Development (PPD) Committee

The mission of the PPD Committee is to intellectually engage members and foster community, connection, and Network growth through conferences, programs, and other professional opportunities.

Chair(s): Dianna Contreras
PPD MeetingsTo Be Announced
Charter and  Workplan 

  • Diversity and Inclusion
         Meetings: Every month on the third Fri, 1-2pm EST

  • Membership
         Meetings: Every month on the fourth Monday, 2-3pm EST

  • National Conference
         Meetings: Every month on the first Mon, 12-1pm EST

  • Professional Development and Mentoring (including planning webinars and trainings)
         Meetings: To Be Announced


Surveillance Data Committee (SDC)

The SDC works to facilitate the creation, presentation, and dissemination of birth defects data products made possible through pooled analyses of multi-site surveillance datasets. The committee works collaboratively across programs, states, and territories; embraces best practices for data utilization; aspires to develop the skills and expertise of members; and, welcomes people of all career backgrounds, skill levels, and personal identities.

Chairs: Dominique Heinke and Joy Shan
SDC Meetings: Every month on the first Thursday, 3-4pm EST
Charter and  Workplan 

  • Biennial Report
           Meetings: To Be Announced

  • Multi-State Projects
          Meetings: To Be Announced

  • Data Repository Development and Maintenance
          Meetings: To Be Announced

  • Data Access Portal Development and Analytical Practices & Guidelines
          Meetings: To Be Announced


Surveillance Guidelines & Standards Committee (SGSC)
The purpose of the SGSC committee is to develop and promote the use of standards and guidelines for birth defects surveillance programs in the United States and increase the quality of birth defects surveillance data. SGSC members, through participation in various workgroups and sub-committees, engage in activities such as 1) exploring, developing, and enhancing technical tools to facilitate surveillance (e.g., abstractor's handbook, Birth Defect Surveillance Guidelines); 2) addressing questions about or exploring issues with coding/coding systems (e.g., ICD-9/10 transition materials and webinars); and 3) developing, implementing, and evaluating data quality and data utilization standards.

Chairs: Jean Paul Tanner and Nina Forestieri
SGSC Meetings: Every other month on the second Mon, 3-4 pm EST
Charter and  Workplan 

  • Abstractor Technical Tools
    Meetings: Every month on the third Wed, 12-1 pm EST

  • Standards Development & Evaluation
    Meetings: Every month on the third Fri, 12-1 pm EST

  • EHR/HL7 Standards
     Meetings: Every other month on the first Fri, 1-2 pm EST

  • Surveillance Guidelines Manual
           Meetings: To Be Announced

Operations Committee (OC)
The purpose of the Operations Committee to support and coordinate the general activities of the Network and ensure the organization’s strategic objectives are met. The Operations Committee is made up of chairs from the Functional Committees and Partner Organizations, such as March of Dimes, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium. 

         Chairs: Vinita Leedom and Mahsa Yazdy
         OC Meetings:
Every month on the second Wednesday 2-3pm EST