In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), join us in celebrating the many wonderful and invaluable nurses who work with and impact our programs!
Tracy is the resident nurse on the Coalition staff. She brings her expertise to her new position with the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review, which helps us improve health outcomes in the region. Below, she discusses her nursing career and the work she does with FIMR.
- Name: Tracy Claveau
- Title: Fetal & Infant Mortality Review Coordinator
- Organization: Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition
“After graduating from nursing school with a Bachelor’s in Nursing, I was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps, where I served for six years. I have worked in a very large OB clinic, medical, surgical, cardiac, pediatrics and was a hospital nursing supervisor. I left hospital nursing to work in Managed Care until our second child was born.
In 2007 I went to work the Bay, Franklin, Gulf Healthy Start Coalition as the FIMR Program Manager. I came to work as a consultant for the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition one year ago, where I am currently the FIMR coordinator, in addition to reporting on and writing contracts.
As the FIMR coordinator I select 30 infant and fetal death cases per year from an average of 140 in the region. The cases are reviewed to identify issues and gaps in services that may have contributed to the death. Data is gathered from each case from sources such as prenatal, hospital, WIC and Healthy Start records; law enforcement; DCF; and medical examiner records when applicable. I compile the data and prepare for review after assuring it is de-identified.
Monthly, a multi-disciplinary case review team meets to review the cases and make recommendations for system changes. The recommendations are assembled and given to the a team of community leaders, called the Community Action Team, who take action on the recommendation. The process, including evaluating the actions taken on the recommendation, is evaluated for effectiveness and presented to the community in a number of ways.”