Promising Practices

An important focus of the Project IMPACT mission is providing technical support to state and local professionals regarding their efforts to address sudden unexpected infant death. We are often asked to research and share community activities, funding opportunities, and model programs for both prevention initiatives and bereavement services. Through our conversations with committed professionals across the nation we have collected inspiring and innovative ideas that can serve as a resource for others.

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Promising Practices Submitted by State Programs:

Stanislaus County Health Services partnered with the Coroner’s office, the Children and Families Commission, as well as other community stakeholders to create a safe sleep message for diverse members of their community.  Please read more here about how they brought together many agencies and found funding from various sources for this project.
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Franklin County, Ohio has implemented a multi-faceted Safe Sleep/SIDS Reduction Initiative.  Oversight of this program is performed by a multi-disciplinary committee that includes Public Health, Private Health Care, and Community Members.   Activities target everyone involved in infant care; including families, hospitals and child care providers. Read here to learn more about this award winning program.
SID Services of Illinois is creating an email loop to share information about baby products and websites that make claims that their products can reduce the risk of SIDS or keep baby safe. Their hope is that professionals will begin to challenge these claims. Read the PDF
Through a cooperative agreement from CDC, the Iowa Dept. of Public Health has established a pilot program to expand its existing birth defects registry to include stillbirths. For a more complete look at this project, you may read the PDF here.
Lousiana’s Dept. of Health and Hospitals has created a “Floor Talker” Program. They placed decals with Safe Sleep Messages on the floor aisles of grocery stores and baby supply stores used by their target audience. Read the PDF
Photos from Louisiana can be viewed by clicking the thumbnail below.
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North Carolina
The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation developed the Baby’s Easy Safe Sleep Training (BESST) to reduce the racial and ethnic disparity of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by promoting infant safe sleep practices and providing education to families at highest risk for SIDS.   It is a 2-hour training designed to help lower the mortality rates of SIDS among African Americans and Native Americans, as their risks are two and three times higher than Caucasian babies.  There is also a companion training and materials, in Spanish, for Latinos.  Please read here to learn more about BESST, Baby’s Easy Safe Sleep Program.
The Rowan County Health Department’s Program, Health Link, uses Motivational Interviewing as one of many tools to support at-risk families, and to promote positive change. The targets are improved pregnancy outcomes, optimal birth spacing, and strong families. Read here for a detailed description of this successful program.
The Baltimore City Health Department has plans to test the use of an informational kiosk in the NICU and full-term nurseries to teach families about Safe Sleep Practices.  Read the PDF

Washington, DC
The District of Columbia’s Department of Health has partnered with other community organizations to create palm cards to reduce perinatal alcohol use. They distribute these cards to all women requesting a pregnancy test.  Read the PDF here. Click to view the palm cards below.

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 The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC)asked its Southeast Region “Can safe sleep advocates and breastfeeding advocates get along?”  The response was an overwhelming “Yes we can.”  To create an understanding between these two groups, the Southeast Region of WAPC brought together representatives from Public Health, WIC, Birthing Hospitals, and Prenatal Care Providers to discuss the sometimes conflicting messages of breastfeeding and safe sleep.  They found they had similar goals for the health and well-being of the families they worked with.  Together they adopted the NICHD SIDS Reduction Curriculum for Nurses and the AAP Safe Sleep Guidelines as their community-wide standard. Practitioners now receive this training and disseminate a unified safe sleep message while continuing to advocate for breastfeeding to all the families in their community.  Please read more about this program in their Promising Practice Template.
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