Monday, March 5, 2018

WEBINAR SERIES: Infant Safe Sleep

The Southeastern and Southwestern Injury Prevention Network in partnership with the Safe States Alliance presents a new webinar series on safe infant sleep. This series will explore the topic through the lens of the Multi-Sectoral Influences Matrix, a tool that helps broadly scope programs and meaningfully engage the full spectrum of partners and perspectives that are affected by an intervention, developed by Dr. Carolyn Cumpsty-Fowler.

A Public Health Approach to Safe Sleep: Implementing and Evaluating a Multi-Level Program
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST

In the second webinar in the series, participants will learn about Tennessee’s approach to safe sleep and get ideas for applying their approach in your own community. Tennessee has had a great deal of success with their safe infant sleep programming. They have worked with hospitals, parents, providers, and the business community to implement a multi-faceted prevention campaign that has shown positive results. Importantly, these results are known because each arm of the program has included an evaluation that captures what and how the work was done, as well as its impact.

Walking the Line Between Public Health Messages and Lived Experience
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST

As a part of a broader conversation about public health messaging, the third webinar in the series will discuss how safe sleep communication campaigns can cause conflict between public health and other professionals involved in infant and family health (i.e. breastfeeding advocates). In this webinar, Terri Miller from the Georgia Department of Health will share her story about the positive working relationship that developed between public health and maternal and child health in relation to Georgia’s Safe to Sleep Campaign. Linda Smith, co-author of Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family, will share her perspectives on the balance between women and baby’s need for sleep, nourishment, safety, and closeness. Jane Herwehe of the Louisiana Department of Health will provide final commentary on the webinar series, connecting each presentation back to the Multi-Sectoral Influences Matrix (M-SIM).

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