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CoIIN: Safe Sleep

The second leading cause of death in children under the age of 18 years old in Alabama is sleep related death. These deaths are preventable. The safest way for an infant to always sleep is:

  • Alone;
  • on their backs; and 
  • in their own cribs. 

They should NOT sleep with: 

  • Toys
  • Bumper Pads
  • Soft Blankets
  • Other People
  • Pillows
  • Stuffed Animals

In 2011, there were 92 infants (19 percent of all infant deaths) that died due to sleep related issues in Alabama. The goal of the Safe Sleep team is to increase safe sleep practices by five percent in the state by December 2013.

Resources

Team Leaders

Aretha Bracy
Child Death Review
Alabama Department of Public Health
RSA Tower Suite
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-2951
Fax: (334) 206-3723
Email

Chris R. Haag, MPH
MCH Title V Director
Alabama Department of Public Health
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1366
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-5331
Fax: (334) 206-2950
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Team Members

Scott Belton
Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences
Quality Assurance Death Investigation
Post Office Box 3510
Auburn, AL 36832
Phone: (334) 844-4648
Email

Tony Bondora, Safe to Sleep Champion
Fetal and Infant Mortality Reviewer
Mobile County Health Department
248 Cox Street
Mobile, AL 36604
Phone: (251) 694-5007
Email

Lisa Carter, MSN, RN
Perinatal Director, North Region
Alabama Department of Public Health
Huntsville Hospital Women’s & Children’s
101 Sivley Road
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 265-7980
Fax: (256) 265-7320
Email

Marie Chastang
Director, Health Services Administration
Teen Center - Mobile County Health Department
248 Cox St.
Mobile, AL 36604
Phone: (251) 690-8852
Email

Ramotalai Coker, MPH
Office of Minority Health
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-5659
Email

Donna Collins
Aid to Inmate Mothers
660 Morgan Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 556-5499
Email

Jennifer Connell
Department of Human Resources
Child Development
50 Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: (334) 353-4101
Fax: (334) 353-1491
Email

Dawn Ellis, MPH, RN
Assistant Director, Children’s Health Div
ADPH, Bureau of Family Health Services
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1350
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-2965
Fax: (334) 206-2950
Email

Ashley Gorum
Media Representative
71 Market Place
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone:  334-513-7380
Email

Saundra Ivey, MSN, RN
Gift of Life
Nursing Supervisor
Nurse-Family Partnership
Phone: (334) 273-7818
Email

Martha Jinright
Gift of Life Director
1348 Carmichael Way
Montgomery, AL 36106
Phone: (334) 272-1820
Cell: (334) 399-2798
Fax: (334) 272-4614
Email

Christy Mehaffey
Children First Foundation, Inc.
1425 I-85 Parkway, Suite C
Montgomery, AL 36106
Phone: (334) 396-6314
Email

Elana M. Parker Merriweather, M.Ed., M.L.A.P., A.L.C.
Health Equity Programs Manager
Bureau of Professional Support Services 
Office of Minority Health
Alabama Department of Public Health
201 Monroe Street - Suite #1040
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-7980
Fax : (334) 206-3869
Email

Kelley Parris-Barnes
Children's Trust Fund
60 Commerce Street, Suite 1000
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 262-2951
Fax: (334) 265-1026
Email

Jewell C. Pitts
Coordinator, Children/Adolescent
Development Disability Services
Alabama Department of Mental Health
P.O. Box 301410
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: (334) 353-7008
Email

Stephanie Pruitt, Safe to Sleep Champion
Director of Pediatric Physical Therapy
Eagle Rehab Physical Therapy
44 Hughes Road, Suite 1050
Madison, AL 35758
Phone: (256) 325-5400
Email

Marsha Raulerson, MD
Medical Association of the State of Alabama
Lower Alabama Pediatrics
1205 Bellville Avenue
Brewton, AL 36426
Phone: (251) 867-3608
Email

Marilyn Rhodes
Alabama Nursing Association
526 Seminole Place
Montgomery, AL 36117
Cell: (334) 462-3953
Email

Elaine St. John, MD
UAB Neonatology
WIC 9380
1530 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294
Phone: (205) 934-6450
Email

Lee Scott, MD, Safe to Sleep Champion
Pediatrician
Dothan Pediatric Clinic
126 Clinic Drive
Dothan, AL 36303
Phone: (334) 793-1881
Email

Amanda Soong, MD
Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
1600 7th Avenue South, CPPI 310
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: (205) 638-9585
Fax: (205) 975-6503
Email

Julia Sosa
Assistant Director Office of Minority Health
Alabama Department of Public Health
RSA Tower Suite 1040
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-3812/
Fax: (334) 206-3869
Email

Linda Tilly
Executive Director
VOICES for Alabama’s Children
Post Office Box 4576
Montgomery, AL 36103-4576
Email

Albert Woolbright
Director, Division of Statistical Analysis
ADPH, Center for Health Statistics
RSA Tower Suite 1100
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-2694
Email