Safe Sleep Outreach

Year Three Safe Sleep Mini-Grant RFA

On September 22, 2017, the Alabama Safe Infant Sleep Outreach Project Mini-Grants Request for Application (RFA) announced the availability of funding for a limited number of educational outreach projects to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as accidental suffocation, in the state of Alabama.  The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering funds to support community education efforts that:

  • Increase public awareness about the impact of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death
  • Teach ways to create safe infant sleep environments and reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death

The RFA emphasizes outreach efforts within African American Communities, although activities can include other racial/ethnic communities.  

The following organizations are eligible to apply for Alabama Safe Sleep Outreach Project mini-grants, which will range from $500-$2,000:

  • Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) IRS status (Higher Education Institutions with 501(c)(3) status are not eligible for grants)
  • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status (Higher Education Institutions without 501(c)(3) status are not eligible for grants)
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Direct On-Scene Education (DOSE) trained first responders

NICHD staff will provide an orientation on safe infant sleep using a train-the-trainer approach and will offer ongoing technical assistance to support mini-grantees in carrying out educational outreach activities in Alabama.  Priority audiences for this project include but are not limited to mothers-to-be, new mothers, fathers, grandparents, infant caregivers, and health care providers. NICHD will also provide Safe to Sleep Campaign materials that can be used in educational sessions.  

The application must be received by November 3, 2017, at 5:00 pm CT

Alabama Safe Sleep Outreach Project Standard Application (pdf)
Alabama Safe Sleep Outreach Project Standard Application (Word)
Alabama Safe Sleep Outreach Project First Responder Application (pdf)
Alabama Safe Sleep Outreach Project First Responder Application (Word)

Alabama Safe Sleep Outreach Project Grant Awards

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), awarded 30 Alabama organizations a total of $47,000 in 2015 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 has helped 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).  

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.


Page last updated: September 25, 2017