Sleep Safely Campaign

Allen County Health Commissioner, Deborah McMahan addressed the media with other speakers on December 12, 2019, announcing the Infant Mortality Challenge.

Unsafe sleeping arrangements are a leading cause of preventable infant deaths in Allen County.

To address this, the Prenatal & Infant Care Network is coordinating with the Allen County Department of Health, City of Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance, Fort Wayne UNITED, Healthier Moms and Babies, TenPoint Coalition, and Trinity English Lutheran Church on the Infant Mortality Challenge. This is part of our work with additional partners on a community-wide Sleep Safely Campaign. This campaign will help ensure that all lower income families have both a safe place for the baby to sleep and an understanding of how to put baby safely to sleep. Key strategies include:

  • Raising funds for cribs/pack-n-plays
  • Adapting a common “Safe Sleep Curriculum” by community professionals
  • Training local pregnancy resources providers to teach new parents “Safe Sleep” strategies when providing the pack-n-plays

If you want to support the effort, please consider a donation to provide a crib, essential items, and safe sleep education for at-risk infants in greater Fort Wayne.

For more information or to join the campaign, contact Meg Distler at mdistler@sjchf.org or Laura Dwire at ldwire@sjchf.org.

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