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Alabama Safe Sleep Outreach Project

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), recently awarded 30 Alabama organizations a total of $47,000 as part of its Alabama Safe Sleep Outreach Project under the Safe to Sleep campaign to support efforts to reduce the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome/Sudden Unexplained Infant Death/Unsafe Sleep (SIDS/SUID) related environment deaths in the state.  In Alabama, greater than 20 percent of the infant deaths in 2014 were from sleep related causes.  Additionally, there is a disparity among the number of black infants compared to white infants that die from sleep related deaths in Alabama.  The majority of these infant deaths are to full term, healthy birthweight infants, not to the expected low birthweight and preterm infants.  It is imperative that all babies under one year of age be placed to sleep every time (including naptime) in their own sleep space (no bed, sofa, chair), in a safety approved crib, on their back.  This reduces the risk of dying from SIDS/SUID by 50 percent.  Evidence also shows that infants who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at greater risk of SIDS/SUID; therefore, it is important not to smoke before, during, and after pregnancy. 

The opportunity for Alabama to work with the NICHD will help support educational initiatives that work to increase public awareness about the impact of SIDS/SUID and other sleep-related causes of infant death such as accidental suffocation, and ways to reduce these incidents - with emphasis being placed in African-American communities (but not excluding other racial/ethnic communities).  The organizations and their contact person(s) who received funding up to $2,000 are listed here. 

Alabama Safe Sleep Outreach Project Grant Awards


Contact Person



Alpha Ro Zeta Chapter Stork's Nest of Zeta Phi Beta

Carla Carson


(334) 462-8902


Maggie Brand


(334) 303-8581 

Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta

Betty Harper


(334) 727-1272


So Juan Crenshaw 


(334) 538-3633


Deborah Ellis 


(334) 727-3490 

Anniston Piedmont Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi

Cleo Thomas


(256) 236-1950


Baron T. Sandlin 


(205) 541-9839

Athens-Limtestone County Family Resource Center

Kathy Wells


(256) 640-1599


Rachel Weatherford 



Atmore Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi

James Cox


 (251) 591-7655


Bobby Montgomery 


(251) 359-1242

Auburn University School of Nursing

Ann Lambert


(334) 844-5965


Margot Fox 



Baby Place at Athens-Limestone Hospital

Kristie Dabbs


(256) 233-9548 

Birmingham Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi

Dwayne Grey


(205) 516-2777


Hernando Carter 


(205) 862-2966 

Birmingham Black Nurses Association, Inc.

Mary Williamson


(205) 856-5661


Theresa Rodgers


(205) 638-3022 

Birmingham Healthy Start Plus, Inc.

Rickey Green 




Cynthia Ward


(205) 807-6483 

Child Abuse Prevention Services of Tuscaloosa

Lisa Maddox


(205) 758-1159

Child Care Resource Center

Kim McManus


(334) 749-8400 


Nell Finley


(334) 749-8400


Jessica Segrest



Dallas County Family Resource Center

James Thomas


(334) 874-7785 


Jan Justice


(334) 874-7785

DCH Foundation

June Wyatt


(205) 759-7996 


Traci Swann


(205) 799-5686

Delta Rho Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho

Sarian Matthews-Ross


(334) 315-7178

Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center

Stacy Hopkins




Ruby Felton


(205) 801-5151 ext. 102

Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

Christine Williams


(205) 798-1085


Tracy Rouse



Guide Right Foundation of Montgomery Kappa Alpha Psi

Theodore Morgan


(334) 281-6205


Walter Bush



Huntsville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi

Jimmy Valrie


(951) 203-9214

Huntsville Hospital Foundation

Jennifer Brewington


(256) 265-7087

Madison Hospital OB Department

Renee Colquitt


(256) 558-3876

March of Dimes Alabama Chapter NICU Family Support

Kimberly Seals


(205) 588-0501


Jill Everette


(205) 824-0103


Sandra Milstead


(205) 934-2383

Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi

Herman Thomas


(251) 422-5040

Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association

Darrell Davis


(251) 648-7966

Montgomery Public School - Teen Parenting Program

Valecia Asberry


(334) 223-6851 ext. 70728 

New Beginning Ministries Women's Department

Darlene Todd


(334) 210-5083


Beverly Daniels


(334) 300-0808

Region V Community Action Team

Shirley Daniel


(334) 322-3888


Ashley Gorum



Selma Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi

James Darin Pope


(334) 467-2894

Shoals Save A Life, Inc.

Beth Grisham


(256) 740-0640

Talladega Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi

Ollie Kates


(256) 208-0620 


Anthony Williams


(205) 281-9569


Jesse Cleveland


(256) 872-1703

Revised Nurses Continuing Education Program on Safe Infant Sleep Now Available

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between one month and one year of age. Even though there is no known way to prevent SIDS, there are ways parents and caregivers can reduce their babies' risks for SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

Nurses play a critical role in communicating risk-reduction techniques, especially in hospital settings. To ensure that nurses have the most current and accurate information, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has revised its Continuing Education (CE) Activity on Risk Reduction for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death: Curriculum for Nurses.

This free continuing education activity for nurses was approved by the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Nurses who successfully complete it will earn 1.1 contact hours of continuing education credit.

Get this life-saving information today. Visit the NICHD website to access the online activity.

ABC's of Sleeping Babies

What is the safest way for your baby to sleep? Babies sleep safest when... they sleep alone on their back in an uncluttered crib or other safe sleep surface. Follow these simple "ABC's of Sleeping Babies" for guidance:


  • We, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recommend that the baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).


  • Unless otherwise instructed by a pediatrician, an infant should always sleep on its back.
  • An infant sleeping on its side or stomach faces increased risk of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID).
  • Infants should sleep without the aid of wedges and cushions.
  • Here is an excellent video about creating a safe sleep environment for your baby.


  • Railings should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart - tight enough that a soda can will not fit through them.
  • The mattress should be firm and covered with a tight, fitted sheet.
  • Keep your baby's crib clutter-free - no quilts, duvets, bumper pads, stuffed animals, etc.
  • Waterbeds, futons, recliners and sofas are not acceptable substitutes for a crib.
  • This video explains the latest crib safety standards, so you understand why that crib handed down from your parents may not be the safest option for your infant.

Alabama Collaborative on Safe Sleep

The Collaborative has produced a Position Statement providing valuable information about safe sleep issues and providing contact information for resources.  The Collaborative has also developed a Step-by-Step Blueprint for the use of providers who are working to make the sleep environments in their facilities safer for infants.

Safe Sleep for Your Baby

The following video was produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health as part of the "Safe to Sleep" campaign.

For more information on preventing infant sleep-related deaths, please view the following sites: CDC-Sudden Infant Death (SUID), AAP Guidelines, and First Candle.


Baby Swings, Car Seats Not Safe for Sleeping

Available for Download

Infant Safe Sleep Fact Sheet Alabama, 2011-2013
Maternal Safe Sleep Fact Sheet Alabama, 2011-2013

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