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Risk Reduction Education

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Reducing the Risk in African American Communities

To address the disparity in African American SIDS rates, the BTS campaign sponsors, the National Black Child Development Institute, First Candle/SIDS Alliance and several other organizations worked together to develop materials for a new initiative to reduce SIDS in African American communities.

NICHD also joined forces with three national African American women’s organizations in a program to reduce the risk of SIDS among African American infants. The leadership and members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Women in the NAACP and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority held three summits with NICHD to learn how to conduct SIDS risk reduction trainings and outreach activities in communities around the country.

In addition, HRSA has also provided funding for four States (Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi and South Carolina) to create evidence-based interventions and strategies to lower infant morality caused by preterm birth, LBW and SIDS among African Americans.