Upon the Connecticut bill passing, I presented to Connecticut's Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council's Women’s Health Committee to explain cCMV and the required testing. Here is my PowerPoint uploaded to Google drive. Other presentations and speaker references are included below my signature.
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PO Box 389, Mystic, CT 06355
My cCMV blog: http://congenitalcmv.blogspot.com
Personal website: www.AuthorLisaSaunders.com
PRESENTATIONS AND MEDIA COVERAGE:
Presentations and references include:
- Congenital Cytomegalovirus Conferences (CDC, Atlanta, GA, 2008; San Francisco, CA, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, 2014). References for all three conferences include:
- Lenore Pereira, Ph.D., Founder of Congenital Cytomegalovirus Foundation, and Professor, Cell and Tissue Biology Department, University of California San Francisco. email@example.com, or visit www.congenitalcmv.org. The Congenital CMV Foundation raises awareness about maternal testing for first infection during pregnancy, newborn testing and the need to develop a vaccine.
- Gail J Demmler-Harrison, MD, Professor, Pediatrics, Section Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases Service, Texas Children's Hospital, CMV Registry, CMV Research and CMV Clinic. Contact: 832-824-4330,firstname.lastname@example.org. The CMV Registry supports CMV research, disseminates information and provides parent support.
- Michael Cannon, Ph.D. email@example.com, a research epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Cannon is particularly interested in developing strategies to prevent congenital CMV infection through public awareness and education.
- Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council's Women’s Health Committee (July 13, 2015). References:
- Richard Eighme, Clerk, Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council, (860) 240-0321, Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Susan Johnson, Johnson@cga.ct.gov
- Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (Fall 2010 webinar and my story published in their magazine). References:
- Katherine Soreng, Ph.D., Director, Clinical and Scientific Marketing, email@example.com
- Theresa Spence, M.B.A., Senior Marketing Manager, Disease State Marketing, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org
- Infection Control Nurses of Connecticut (April 2013). Reference:
- Kris Magnussen, KMagnussen@llhd.org
- Connecticut Magazine: Mystic Mom 'Overwhelmed' by Governor Signing Law on ‘Stealth Virus’ That Can Catch Pregnant Women Unaware
- CT Now: New Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Law in Connecticut
- Cornell Alumni Magazine: In Memory of Elizabeth: Her daughter's death from a preventable disability spurs Lisa Avazian Saunders '82 into action
- Clinical Advisor: Connecticut passes cytomegalovirus screening law for newborns
- CT Magazine June 2015 (One Mystic Mother is Trying to Raise Awareness of a Common Virus That Can Have Devastating Consequences for Pregnant Women)
- Fox CT Dr & Mom
- CT NOW: Mommy Minute
- Health Watch: Dr. Brenda Balch, Lisa Saunders, and Cindy Barry discuss cCMV
- Mystic River Press: Saunders seeks help with CMV ‘silent virus’ prevention bill
- Hartford Courant: Mother Working to Protect Pregnant Moms From Dangerous Virus
- AP article went worldwide mentioning CT Senate failed to vote on CMV Bill: Silent virus a rare, dangerous risk for the unborn
PO Box 389, Mystic, CT 06355
From a press released issued June 4, 2015, by the State Senate Democrats of the Connecticut General Assembly: "With bipartisan support, the legislature approved and the governor signed a bill that will help mitigate the devastating impact that this disease has on families. The bill requires that hospitals and other health care institutions test newborn infants for CMV if they fail a newborn hearing test. This will help parents intervene early and get their newborn child the help it needs."
When Saunders and other parents whose children were disabled by congenital CMV, plus those in the medical community who supported the bill, learned the governor had signed the bill, they were ecstatic (see their Public Hearing Testimonies).
"This is a game-changing step forward in our ability to determine CMV causality and give parents a viable option for early treatment," said Scott R. Schoem, MD, FAAP, Director of Otolaryngology, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Congenital CMV it is the most common cause of nonhereditary sensorineural hearing loss in childhood. In addition to deafness, Congenital Cytomegalovirus (cCMV) causes mental retardation, liver disease, and cerebral palsy as a result of infection in pregnant women. According to the CDC, in the U.S.:
- Every hour, congenital CMV causes one child to become disabled.
- About 1 in 750 children is born with or develops permanent problems due to congenital CMV infection.
- More than 5,000 children each year suffer permanent problems caused by congenital CMV.
“We must commit to educating the public about cytomegalovirus so that we can potentially prevent the devastating consequences of this disease on our children," said Brenda K. Balch, MD, Connecticut's American Academy of Pediatrics Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Chapter Champion.
Ronda Rudd Menlove, Ph.D., the representative responsible for passing and enacting the bill in Utah, and co-founder of the Utah CMV Council, said, ”The Connecticut legislation extends important education and protection to families and infants from the devastating effects of CMV. The impact on lives and the reduction of state dollars needed to serve those impaired by CMV is immeasurable. This is an excellent example of the power of an individual in the political process. We in Utah applaud Connecticut lawmakers for listening to Lisa Saunders and acting to protect all children and families."
Menlove's daughter, Sara Menlove Doutre, co-founder of the Utah CMV Council, has a daughter affected by congenital CMV. Doutre, a special education and early intervention policy consultant, is encouraged by the number of states pursuing CMV legislation and believes that number will continue to grow. She said: "In 2013, one state, Utah, created a CMV awareness and screening program. In 2015, five states proposed legislation. Connecticut follows Utah as the second state to enact legislation and will be followed by Texas and Hawaii, where bills await governors' signatures."
The United States Senate had passed legislation designating the month of June as "National Congenital CMV Awareness Month," while recommending that “more effort be taken to counsel women of childbearing age of the effect this virus can have on their children.” (This occurred through the efforts of Stop CMV.)
To learn more about congenital cytomegalovirus and how to prevent it, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at:http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/index.
You can print CDC's flyer: What Women Should Know About Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
To see the answers to the most common questions, such as why OB/GYNs don't routinely warn their patients about congenital CMV, why there isn't a vaccine yet, what percentage of people know how to prevent CMV, and how much it costs to care for children disabled by congenital CMV, download the One Page cCMV Fact Sheet plus Bibliography by Lisa Saunders.
For a detailed presentation on the disease and testing for it, print the presentation,"Congenital CMV 101: From Prevention to Treatment," by Dr. Michael Cannon of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by clicking on: cCMV 101 Webinar Slides [PDF]. You can hear watch/hear his presentation with the slides at: cCMV 101 Webinar Recording