National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation


More information about racial disparities in infant mortality

The following clips are from a series on racial disparities in health called Unnatural Causes:

Crisis in the Crib

To learn more about infant mortality and stillbirth statistics in your area, contact your local health department.

Materials to share with families about safe sleep and having healthy babies

Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (African-American outreach brochure)

Babies Sleep Safest on Their Backs: A Resource Kit to Reduce the Risk for SIDS in African American Communities

A Healthy Baby Begins with You (African American Infant Mortality Awareness Campaign)

Kicks Count: By performing a kick count at the same time every day during the last trimester of pregnancy, parents can help their baby’s health.

If your church has a child care setting

Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care. (2009). Online training module on creating a safe sleep environment to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related deaths, for child care providers, health care professionals, and families.

Activities churches can utilize to teach families about safe sleep

Promising Practices for Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Addressing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Other Infant Death: Keeping the Faith

SIDS Sunday. Churches can hold a special event to draw attention to unsafe sleep practices and to reduce the risk of SIDS or other forms of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death. Materials developed by the Eunice Shriver National Institute for Child and Human Development include:

  • A letter of introduction to pastors
  • Notes for material to include in a SIDS Sunday sermon
  • Electronic file to be sent to the printer for a fan that contains information about safe sleep for babies

To obtain these materials please e-mail:

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