TRICAM Areas of Focus

For each of the leading causes of death, TRICAM evaluated multiple variables related to each cause to determine the team’s initial areas of focus. The variables included the magnitude of the mortality rate for each cause; trends over the past decade; ages and demographics of the children impacted; racial/ethnic disparities for each cause; and opportunities for translation of evidence into clinical practice or the community setting. As a result of this evaluation process, the following causes of death were selected as the initial TRICAM areas of focus. The ages in parentheses adjacent to each cause indicate the age range for which it is a leading cause of death:

  • Child physical abuse and neglect (birth – 4 years)
  • Congenital heart disease (birth – 24 years)
  • Motor vehicle collisions (birth – 24 years)
  • Sepsis (birth – 24 years)
  • Suicide (10 – 24 years)
  • Unintentional Injury (birth – 24 years)

Volumes and Outcomes


Of all child abuse and neglect fatalities were younger than 3 years old


Heart anomalies are the most common birth defect


Children 0-24 years of age were killed in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2019


Incease (from 2015 - 2019) in suicide rate amoung youth aged 10 to 18 years.


Pediatric deaths from sepsis annually


Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in 2019 among thouse 0-24 years