Mission and Objectives
Mission: The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) is a group of individuals involved in birth defects surveillance, research, and prevention. It was created to establish and maintain a national network of state and population-based programs for birth defects surveillance and research. The Network assesses the impact of birth defects upon children, families, and health care; identifies factors that can be used to develop primary prevention strategies; and assists families and their providers in secondary disabilities prevention.
To fulfill its mission, the Network pursues the following goals:
- Improve access and application of information about the prevalence and trends of birth defects
- Increase collaboration between members within the birth defects community
- Advance science through birth defects surveillance and its application to public health efforts and resource allocation
The objectives of the NBDPN are to:
- Improve the quality of birth defect surveillance data.
- Promote scientific collaboration for the prevention of birth defects.
- Provide technical assistance for the development of uniform methods of data collection.
- Facilitate the communication and dissemination of information related to birth defects.
- Collect, analyze and disseminate state and population-based birth defect surveillance data.
- Encourage the use of birth defect data for decisions regarding health services planning (secondary disabilities prevention and services).
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