Child deaths subject of bill in Kansas Senate

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Supporters of a bill before the Kansas Senate say it could help improve research on the cause of children’s deaths in the state.

Currently, the state collects information on child deaths through the State Child Death Review Board. The board publishes statistics each year on deaths and causes, seeking to pinpoint trends and develop prevention strategies.

Researchers aren’t allowed to get more detailed information about the deaths because of privacy concerns.

Under the proposed bill, researchers would still not have direct access to information on child deaths. But academics, research organizations, nonprofit groups and governmental agencies would be able to apply to the review board for non-personally identifiable, aggregate data.

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