Infant Safe Sleep: An Introduction and Model Program
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) occurs among approximately 3,500 babies in the US each year. SUID, the sudden and unexpected death of a baby less than 1 year old in which the cause was not obvious before investigation, includes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation in a sleeping environment, and other deaths from unknown causes. Although the SUID rate has declined since the 1990s, significant racial and ethnic differences continue. (1)
In this webinar, Dr. Sharyn Parks Brown, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will provide an introduction to SUID, including the epidemiology and trends over the past 3 decades, and describe CDC’s role in reducing SUID. Dr. Brown will also give a brief introduction to available sources of data on SUID, including vital statistics data and CDC’s SUID and Sudden Death in the Young Case Registry. Ms. Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas, and Ms. Christy Schunn, Kansas Infant Death and SIDS (KIDS) Network, will discuss a collaboration used to create a statewide infrastructure to roll out safe sleep to specific venues, including the community, hospitals and outpatient maternal and infant clinics. They will describe the KIDS Network Safe Sleep Instructor (SSI) Project, which is designed to build collective impact to reduce sleep-related infant death. Abby Collier, National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention, will moderate this webinar.
Please note that we are unable to provide CEUs or certificates for our webinars.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Sharyn Parks Brown, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist with a background in mortality surveillance and maternal and child health research. She is the senior epidemiologist and data manager for the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death and Sudden Death in the Young Case Registry Program in the Division of Reproductive Health at the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She is also a commander in the U.S. Public Health Service with over 10 years of service. From July 2010 to December 2013 she was a scientist in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Division of Violence Prevention where her work focused on surveillance of child maltreatment and other violence related issues. She was a senior scientist with the National Violent Death Reporting System, lead for the center’s work on pediatric abusive head trauma, as well as a co-lead for the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study. Prior to joining the Division of Violence Prevention she was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer assigned to the Texas Department of State Health Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s in epidemiology from Saint Louis University School of Public Health, and a PhD in psychiatric epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
Abby Collier, MS,is the director at the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention (NCFRP), a program of the Michigan Public Health Institute. In this role, Ms. Collier leads NCFRP in providing technical assistance and support to local and state child death review (CDR) and fetal infant mortality review (FIMR) programs throughout the United States. One of her focus areas is building collaboration between CDR and FIMR. Ms. Collier provides training on a variety of topics, including improving death scene investigations, best practices for CDR/FIMR reviews, self-care and vicarious trauma, writing prevention recommendations, implementing evidence-based recommendations, advocacy, and engaging partners. Ms. Collier is an active member of the Children’s Safety Now Alliance (CSN-A).
Cherie Sage, MSM,is the state director of Safe Kids Kansas. She has worked in injury prevention for 20 years, spending the past 16 of those with the coalition. Ms. Sage holds a master’s degree in management from Baker University, is a graduate of the Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute and is a Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor. She serves on the Kansas Maternal Child Health Council, Kansas EMS for Children Advisory Committee, Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas Board of Directors and is a school board member for the Seaman School District in Topeka, Kansas.
Christy Schunn, LSCSW, is the executive director of the Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network. A licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Schunn is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death and the Association of Death Educators and Counselors. She serves on the Kansas Maternal Child Health Council, the Center for Research on Infant Birth and Survival Board of Directors, the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and is secretary of the Postpartum Support International Kansas Chapter. Christy served on the Board of Safe Kids Kansas, the Greater Kansas March of Dimes and was the treasurer of the National Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs from 2007-2015. Christy has worked with bereaved parents and families as a hospital and hospice social worker, within the foster care setting and as an adjunct instructor at Bethel College in the Social Work Department from 2014-2018. Most recently, Christy provided technical assistance to statewide Fetal Infant Mortality Review programs and has worked with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to embed safe sleep in prenatal education programs, child care licensing and home visitation programs. She currently provides counseling to those affected by infant death and conducts research and development on a Statewide Safe Sleep Infrastructure in conjunction with Safe Kids Kansas and numerous community partners to reduce infant mortality.