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October is SIDS Awareness Month, Workbook and Toolkit Available

Since the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) began their Back to Sleep campaign in 1994, the national Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) rate has declined by 50 percent - http://1.usa.gov/RacKy6.  Between 2002 and 2006, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) infants were more than twice as likely as infants in the general population to dies from SIDS.  This October, use these free, downloadable resources for AI/AN communities to reduce disparities in SIDS rates and reduce infant mortality across all races.

In order to reach the AI/AN population, NICHD worked in collaboration with Native and Native-serving organizations to create the Healthy Native Babies project – http://1.usa.gov/PUIrfs.  NICHD worked with these groups to discuss SIDS and how to most effectively reach out to the community.  As part of the project, NICHD and their collaborators created the Health Native Babies Project Workbook and Toolkit for healthcare providers and community advocates that provides information about SIDS: http://1.usa.gov/SAmH7d.

For more information about SIDS, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s site: http://1.usa.gov/SZRmux

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