November 20, 2014

Asian Baby Sleeping

NICHQ Selected to Join Expert Leaders Group in New Safe Sleep Collaborative

Will help envision and implement a national action plan

NICHQ Executive Project Director Lauren Smith, MD, MPH, has been selected to join an Expert Leadership Group to guide the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS) collaborative in making safe infant sleep the national norm.

NAPPSS is a new initiative funded by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). NICHQ has been invited to participate with other safe sleep experts representing professional and advocacy organizations, researchers, clinicians, and federal partners including MCHB, the Safe to Sleep Campaign, and the CDC. NAPPSS is expanding the circle of traditional safe sleep champions beyond health and child care systems to engage new and diverse partners that touch the daily lives of families in many ways. The Expert Leadership Group will advise this coalition of more than 50 members, helping them to envision and implement a national action plan and specific action steps to reduce sleep-related infant deaths throughout the nation.

“To adequately reduce sleep-related deaths. . . [we] need to have a conversation with parents, not just give them a list of what to do and what not to do,” said Rachel Moon, MD, chair of AAP’s Task Force on SIDS and an advisory NAPPSS partner. "Developing effective ways to build trust and respect with parents and caregivers, by sensitively listening to their concerns and challenges, and working together toward possible solutions, is the heart of this new National Action Partnership."

For more information, visit the NAPPSS collaborative website or read more about NICHQ’s work on infant health.