Thursday, February 20, 2014

Safe Sleep Toolkit: Alone on the Back in a Crib

ABCs of Safe Sleep: Alone on the Back in a Crib 
Dear Prevent Child Injury member,
Our colleagues at CDC Injury Prevention have produced a Safe Sleep Toolkit using the Alone, Back, Crib model. The toolkit provides resources to help parents and caregivers understand how to keep babies safe while sleeping. Click on the link to access the complete toolkit.
They are also hosting a Twitter chat:
Please join Prevent Child Injury for a Twitter chat on infant safe sleep on Thursday, February 20, from 1:30-2:30pm EST. The Twitter chat will promote important prevention messages for infant safe sleep with a focus on suffocation, and coincides with the release of the new safe sleep toolkit available at: If you cannot join us at that time but wish to help promote information on safe sleep, please use the hashtag #safesleep on your tweets.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Child Fatality Review Training for Local Team Coordinators

June 5th and 6th, 2014

Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is hosting a comprehensive training for local Child Fatality Prevention Team Coordinators in Denver, Colorado on June 5th and 6th, 2014.The Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) Support Team, along with Theresa Covington, MPH, from the National MCH Center for Child Death Review, will be training Coordinators on how to effectively conduct child fatality reviews (including case abstraction, data collection, and making prevention recommendations) and how to facilitate the activities of a local Child Fatality Prevention Review team. 

This training is OPEN to local Child Fatality Prevention Review team Coordinators and we encourage one Coordinator from each team to attend. The state has funding available to reimburse travel expenses; local planning dollars may be used to supplement these funds if a team incurs more travel costs than the state funds can support (details will be provided as soon as possible).

As we finalize the details of this training event, we will send out more information on the location venue, agenda and travel reimbursement process. In the meantime, please mark these dates on your calendar! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Resources for Promoting Safe Sleep: Cribs for Kids® Connection


Message from the Founder:

Dear Cribs for Kids Partners:  
As I have said many times, "Cribs for Kids is only as strong as our partners."  It is through the hard work of over 450 partners nationwide that we are seeing a difference in the numbers of infants dying of sudden and unexpected sleep-related deaths. 
As we begin another year, dedicated to saving babies' lives, I want to tell share with you in this newsletter some important things that are happening that will enhance our mission.  
Save the Date   
 4th National Cribs for Kids® Conference
April 14 - 17, 2015
Omni William Penn Hotel - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
As a Cribs for Kids® Partner, I ask you to join us at this national meeting so that you can share your experience, along with your triumphs and the barriers that you have had to overcome, with existing partners and those who are hoping to become partners. 

In order to assure that Cribs for Kids® continues to grow, your input is very important. Discounted registration for the conference will be offered to our partners who are in good standing.  A few full scholarships will also be offered. Information will be posted on our website and notices will be sent out through our Facebook pages and the CAUSE Listserv. (see information below to sign up!)
We are thrilled to report that over the past two years, through the generosity of Cribs for Kids, 84 Lumber Company and the ABC Corporation we have given out over 60 mini-grants to our partners.  Watch on our social media pages and the CAUSE Listserv for announcements about how you can apply to our upcoming mini-grant program.  Only partners in good standing are eligible to apply for one of the mini-grants. See list of 2013 awardees to the right of this page)
Cribs for Kids is excited to unveil our 2014 Safe Sleep Survival kit  that now has a brand new look and some exciting additions! 
Of course, the foundation of our safe sleep survival kit is the Cribs for Kids® Pack 'n Play®manufactured by Graco Children's Products! We are fortunate to be affiliated with Graco®, a company that has been in existence for over 60 years providing the highest quality baby products to families in over 40 countries. In fact, the Graco Pack 'n Play® Portable Crib was the first playard ever designed, invented by an employee of Graco Children's Products in 1987.  

Since then many companies have produced 'knock-offs' of this unit, but none contain all of the patented safety features of the Graco Pack 'n Play® **. Unlike some of the other playards that are on the market, our Graco Pack 'n Play® unit has never been recalled by the Consumer Products Safety Commission for faulty design or manufacturing. One such design flaw is the bassinet feature on some playards, which are made out of material and not breathable mesh like our Graco® unit. Like bumper pads, which have been banned by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this type of design could cause the baby to re-breath and suffocate if their nose comes in contact with this material.  

Another great feature is that our Cribs for Kids® SKU number on the unit  prohibits the Pack 'n Play® from being returned to a retail store for store credit or cash, assuring that the donation is being used for its intended purpose! 

** It is important to remember that in order to be a Cribs for Kids® Partner in good standing, we insist that the Graco Pack 'n Play® is the only playard-type crib that is used.  The Cribs for Kids® name cannot be associated with a program that uses playards that do not meet the standards of Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Initiative or the American Academy of Pediatrics.      


Cribs for Kids Website:
As a Cribs for Kids® partner our website, belongs to you.  We have worked hard to make sure that everything you need to carry out the mission of your Cribs for Kids®  program is just a click away.   WWW.CRIBSFORKIDS.ORG 

Beginning this year we are dedicating a section to Partner News/Events.   You can make us aware of what is going on in your area by directing sending us the information or posting it on our Cribs for  Kids®  Facebook page.  Once we receive it we will immediately put it on the website.  

We want you to be aware that the 2014 Product Order Forms are now on the website. Just go to the Partners button on the toolbar, then to Existing Partner. To get into the Partner's Portal use the password Cribs4Kids1998 (It is case sensitive). All of the documents needed to run your program, including the 2014 Product Order Forms can be found in the Cribs for Kids Toolkit.

Cribs for Kids Facebook Page:
Join us on Facebook to keep abreast of what is happening with infant safe sleep and our partners throughout the country. This is also a great way to receive updates on our upcoming conference, mini-grants, etc...
1. Log in to Facebook
2. Enter "CribsforKidsHeadquarters"  in the Search Box at the top of the page
3. Click on "Add Friend."
Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement Resources Facebook Page:

The mission of Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement Resources, an initiative of Cribs for Kids®, is to provide compassionate support to those who have experienced the death of a baby. In an effort to provide accessible bereavement support and to share information about grief and bereavement, Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement Resources created the Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement page on Facebook. 

Within that page, the Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement Group was also created. The Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement Group is a closed group for those who have experienced the death of a baby to talk about their precious child, share their experience, and provide support to and seek support from those who have had a similar loss. Once you sign up on the Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement Facebook page, a Licensed Social Worker, will instant message you to determine if you are a grieving the loss of an infant. If you are, you will be entitled to join the closed Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement Group within that page.  

The Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement Facebook page and the Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement Group are administered by Eileen Carlins, MSW, LSW, Director of Support and Education, and Laura Fauble, MSW, LSW, Director of Program Services. To join the Bereavement Forum on Facebook:

  1. Log in to Facebook
  2. Enter "Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement" in the Search Box at the top of the page
  3. Click on "Add Friend." To maintain the privacy of the group, your request will be submitted to an administrator for approval. 
  4. Please allow one day for your request to be activated

CAUSE Listserv: 

We are asking all of our partners to  join our C.A.U.S.E (Coalition Against Unsafe Sleeping Environments) Listserv.  Cribs for Kids is hosting the Infant Safe Sleep listserv but membership to the group is not limited to Cribs for Kids partners.  So, pass on these instructions to anyone you feel may benefit from the information that appears on the listserv.  

To join this important discussion, hit "control" and then click on this link to subscribe:  Listserv Registration.

Ask the Pediatrician:  
A very popular feature of the Cribs for Kids website is Ask the Pediatrician.  This section is monitored by Eileen Tyrala, MD, FAAP, Medical Director and Educator for Cribs for Kids. Dr. Tyrala is a Board Certified pediatrician and neonatologist. She currently practices general pediatrics at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.  

In addition to answering new questions every day, the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) section has her answers listed according to category.  She is available to answer the many questions mothers and professionals have regarding infant safe sleep, safety approved products and any other question pertaining to the health and care of an infant.  To view the page on the website go to Ask the Pediatrician.


In addition to our partners, there are many other people who have contributed to our success. The most important of which is our hard-working and professional staff including Barbara Clemons, assisted by Cindy Molsand Brittany Johnson in our product distribution department; Eileen Carlins, MSW, LSW and Laura Fauble, MSW, LSW, handling our support and education;Paulette Luczak in charge of accounting and business operations; Heather Glaser heading up our public relations, development and social media department;Judy Rainey,  coordinator of CAUSE (Coalition Against Unsafe Sleeping Environments) and legislative affairs ;Deborah Robinson directing our Public Safety initiatives which includes our Cops and Cribs program; Eileen Tyrala, MD, our Medical Director, Educator and Ask the Pediatrician contributor and Michael Goodstein, MD, Medical Director and infant safe-sleep/hospital education consultant.  
Cribs for Kids App:
Download the Cribs for Kids App and share safe sleep educational information everywhere you go!  Share this QR code with new moms and caregivers so that they have the AAP safe sleep recommendations with them at all times!


2013 Joseph A. Hardy, Sr. 
Mini-grant Recipients
Montgomery, AL - Gift of Life Foundation
West Palm Beach, FL - Clinics Can Help
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Inc.
Rockledge, FL - Brevard C.A.R.E.S.
Lake Mary, FL - Florida SIDS Alliance, Inc.
Augusta, GA - Safe Kids Greater Augusta
Lisle, IL - SIDS of Illinois, Inc
Lexington, KY - Safe Kids Fayette County
Paintsville, KY - Johnson County Health Department
Lake Charles, LA - United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Inc.
Glen Burnie, MD - UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Portland, ME - Maine Medical Center
Kalamazoo, MI - Department of Human Services
Big Rapids, MI - Mecosta-Osceola DHS & Meceola Children's Council
Versailles, MS - Morgan County Health Center
Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation
Burlington, NC - Alamance County Health Department Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies
Hastings, NE - Healthy Beginnings
Reno, NV - REMSA-Safe Kids, Washoe County-Cribs for Kids®
Las Vegas, NV - Baby's Bounty
Troy, NY - START Children's Center
Stony Brook, NY - Sudden Infant and Child Death (SICD) Resource Center
Buffalo, NY - Jericho Road Ministries
Cincinnati, OH - Health Care Access Now
Cleveland, OH - University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital
Scranton, PA - St. Joseph's Center
Williamsport, PA - Safe Kids Lycoming County / Cribs for Kids®
Erie, PA - Student Parenting Program, The School District of the City of Erie, PA
Washington, PA - Children and Youth Advisory Board
Anderson, SC - Safe Kids Anderson County
Greenville, SC - Upstate Cribs for Kids®/Safe Kids Upstate
Spartanburg, SC - Safe Kids Spartanburg
Chattanooga, TN - Chattanooga - Hamilton County Health Department
Oak Ridge, TN - Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee
Harrisonburg, VA -Shenandoah Women's Healthcare
Roanoke, VA - Carilion Clinic
Bremerton, WA - Kitsap County Coroner's Office
Port Angeles, WA - First Step Family Support Center
Tacoma, WA - MultiCare Health Systems DBA Mary Bridge Center for Childhood Safety
Janesville, WI - Rock County Health Department 
 Together, we are Helping Every Baby Sleep Safer! 
Cribs for Kids
810 River Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Judith A. Bannon
Founder and Executive Director 
Eileen Carlins, MSW, LSW
Director of Support & Education 
Heather Glaser
Director of PR & Development 
Barbara Clemons
Director of Product Distribution 
412-322-5680 ext. 7 
Paulette Luczak, MS
Director of Business Operations 
Laura Fauble, MSW, LSW
Director of Program Services 
Judy Kimmit Rainey 
Director of National and Legislative Affairs 
Washington, DC Office  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Office of Suicide Prevention Request for Applications

APPLICATIONS must be received by 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) March 10, 2014. 

(postmarks will not be honored)

The Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) is pleased to announce the availability of funds, through OSP state General Funds, to enhance suicide prevention programming and community organization efforts in Colorado.

For the project period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017, funding will be provided to selected communities for implementation and evaluation of OSP identified priority suicide prevention projects to be completed over a three-year funding period (years two and three are subject to available funding).

In 2013, the OSP identified strategic priorities through 2020. Priorities are data-driven and focus on high risk populations in the counties and regions of the state with the highest numbers and rates of suicide deaths and attempts. For the July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017 community grant program, the OSP will fund projects that implement strategies and programs that target high risk populations in areas of the state with high suicide death and attempt rates. 
Use the following three documents to complete your application:

Technical Assistance:
A technical assistance call is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on February 26, 2014 to answer questions regarding the application requirements.
Conference Line: 712-432-02210
Pass code: 2589#

Health Impact of Suicide:
Suicide is a public health issue in Colorado. In 2010, the most recent year of national data available, Colorado had the eighth highest suicide rate in the country. In 2012, the most recent year of state data available, 1,053 Coloradans died by suicide and the age-adjusted suicide rate was 19.7/100,000, both record highs in Colorado. In 2012, there were 2,777 hospitalizations for suicide attempts in Colorado and the age-adjusted suicide hospitalization rate was 51.6/100,000. According to the 2011 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, during the previous twelve months, 21.9 percent of high school students in Colorado reported feeling so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities, 14.8 percent reported seriously considering suicide, and 6.1 percent attempted suicide one or more times.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Driving High: to What Extent are Young Drivers at Risk?

Injury and Violence Seminar Series: 
Presented by the Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) Program and the Department  of Community and Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health

Ashley Brooks-Russell, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Community and Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health

Save the Date: Thursday, February 27th      

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Education 1 Building, Room 1400, Anschutz Medical Campus

Increased access to marijuana in Colorado has raised public health and safety concerns, one of which is the anticipated increase in car crashes due to drugged driving. This presentation will examine the epidemiological evidence for fatal crash risk due to marijuana impaired driving, as well as the policy implications. The presentation will also discuss the prevalence of impaired driving among young drivers and disparities in risk, highlighting data from Colorado.

Ashley Brooks-Russell, MPH, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Community and Behavioral Health and member of the Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) Program.  She completed her doctoral training in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Her research focuses on adolescent injury prevention, with a particular focus on adolescent dating abuse, violence and suicide prevention, and teen risky driving. 

For more information visit or contact

This seminar will be recorded and available for viewing online 2-3 weeks after the event here

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Peaks to Plains and Bodies to Brains, making Colorado a place where children thrive

 Save the Date: February 28th         

Instead of asking, "why?" do you tend to ask "why not?!" We're looking for solution-focused people who innovate, influence, and break down silos across sectors, including health, business, education, family, faith-based, and policy professionals. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is building a diverse collective impact team that crosses disciplines, communities and cultures to work toward a common goal and drive change. The team will use a structured process - a collective impact framework – to develop and implement strategies to promote healthy families and relationships. This exciting project is called Essentials for Childhood: Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments. Essentials for Childhood promotes the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens who can then build stronger and safer communities for the next generation. This initiative is groundbreaking because it facilitates a structured process for non-traditional partners to align efforts, and identifies strategies targeting large-scale social change. You or someone you know could be part of this Colorado team to inform national practice! 

Join us for a kickoff event “Peaks to Plains and Bodies to Brains: Making Colorado a place where children thrive” on February 28 from 8:30am-noon at Clayton Early Learning Campus to learn more about this exciting work. 

Register here:
This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Participation via web will be available. 

For more info on Essentials for Childhood, visit
For questions, contact Sarah Hernandez, Project Coordinator at 303-692-2369 
or e-mail