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While Summit To Help Local Child Death Panels Hailed As Success, Some Say It Needs Work


After a statewide meeting, panels tasked with reviewing deaths by child abuse have a few new ideas. But, some say there’s still more work to do to get everyone on the same page.

Dr. Cheryl Clark is one of the health officials who sits on the state abuse death review committee, which hosted the joint summit. The purpose was to address concerns raised by some local panels that complained about heavy caseloads. Clark says while she received mostly positive feedback, she has a few suggestions.

“Maybe more training, interactive training on completing case reviews, maybe going over an example with everyone to kind of see how folks should do it in the actual entry system or a maybe a mockup or something like that,” said Clark, during a recent meeting.

Last month’s summit included panels that talked about guidelines for local groups to follow. Another looked into developing a model for reviewing child fatalities, which the statewide panel may be looking to revamp.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.