Functional Committees

Health Promotions (HP) Committee

The HP 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: Kristina Ottenwess and Jennifer Waldrop
CHP Meetings: Every other month on the fourth Wednesday, 1-2pm EST
Charter and Workplan

  • Birth Defect Awareness Month

  • Folic Acid Awareness Week

  • Media: Social and Website

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.

Chairs: Samara Viner-Brown and Dianna Contreras
PPD Meetings: Every month on the fourth Tuesday, 4-5pm EST (Monthly meetings to be announced)
Charter and Workplan

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Membership

  • Mentoring and Professional Development

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: Adrian Michalski and Eirini Nestoridi
SDC Meetings: Every month on the first Thursday, 3-4pm EST

Charter and Workplan

  • Biennial Report

  • Multi-State Project

  • Data Repository Development and Maintenance

  • Data Access Portal Development and Analytical Practices & Guidelines

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: Jodi Snow and Washa Lui
SGSC Meetings: Every other month on the second Monday, 11-12 pm EST
Charter and Workplan

  • Abstractor Technical Tools

  • Standards Development & Evaluation

  • EHR/HL7 Standards

  • Surveillance Guidelines Manual

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. 

         Chair(s): Brennan Martin
         OC Meetings: Every month on the third Thursday, 11-12pm EST