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The goals for OCCSN are to detect trends and epidemics; facilitate access to treatment and intervention services to improve children’s health outcomes; and inform and educate health professionals and the public about birth defects and how they may be prevented.

The OCCSN system is guided by an advisory council composed of geneticists, genetic counselors, epidemiologists, academicians, parents, state and local public health staff. Through their expert guidance and the hard work of the ODH OCCSN staff, the system collected the first full year of data for the 2008 birth cohort. 

OCCSN tracks children born with birth defects from birth to five years of age. Staff works to improve data quality and analysis to guide prevention efforts and to improve referrals to medical care and services for children born with birth defects in Ohio.

Last Updated: 9/22/2014