L to R: Dr. Garret Hunt, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Dr. Patrick McGann, Dr. Sarah Kelley

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met this week with Dr. Garret Hunt, a pediatrician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and a member of the  American Academy of Pediatrics. He was joined by Dr. Patrick McGann and Dr. Sarah Kelley, pediatricians at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The group attended Brown’s weekly coffee with constituents during a visit to Washington, D.C. to advocate for reducing early mortality for children and women.

“It was an honor to meet with Dr. Hunt,” said Brown. “He provides critical care for Ohio’s children and his advocacy will help ensure that more children and their mothers can live long, healthy lives.”

Brown is a champion for improving children’s health in Ohio. In January, Brown visited Mercy Health in Cincinnati to advocate for an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In February, he introduced the Protecting & Retaining Our Children’s Health Insurance Program (PRO-CHIP) Act. PRO-CHIP would extend funding for CHIP through fiscal year 2019. This bill was the baseline policy for the two-year CHIP extension that passed in April as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

Last year, Brown’s landmark legislation to battle back against the rise in infant mortality was signed into law by President Obama. The Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act will build on existing activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve upon the quality and consistency of data collected during death scene investigations and autopsies to better inform prevention and intervention efforts related to stillbirths, Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID), and Sudden Unexplained Deaths in Childhood (SUDC). This collaboration with the states to enhance current methods of data collection across existing surveillance systems will enable doctors and researchers to better track and prevent these tragic losses.