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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 2012, there were 107 infants (20 percent of all infant deaths) that died from unsafe sleep related causes in Alabama. The goal of the Safe Sleep team is to increase safe sleep practices in the state.

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

Izza Cagle
Research Analyst
Alabama Department of Public Health
Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Branch
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1350
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-3803
Email

Lisa Carter, MSN, RN, CLC
Region I Perinatal Coordinator
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

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

Ashley Gorum
March of Dimes
71 Market Place
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: 334-513-7380
Email

Saundra Ivey, MSN, RN
Healthy Start and 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

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

Marsha Raulerson, MD
Medical Association of the State of Alabama
Lower Alabama Pediatrics
1205 Bellville Avenue
Brewton, AL 36426
Phone: (251) 867-3608
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Lee Scott, MD, Safe to Sleep Champion
Pediatrician
Dothan Pediatric Clinic
126 Clinic Drive
Dothan, AL 36303
Phone: (334) 793-1881
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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
201 Monroe Street, 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
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