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Risk Reduction Training

Risk Reduction Training

Risk reduction education needs to be far more comprehensive than simply stating that “back is best.” Presentations, depending on the audience, must include appropriate evidence-based information which discusses sleep safety for infants as well as information to promote protective factors for overall infant health and safety such as breastfeeding.

Risk reduction efforts need to be cross-culturally-competent and relevant.

Program staff activities may include:

  • Ensuring access for staff to continuing education.
  • Acting as an advocate for the training needs of local health care providers.
  • Providing, funding or co-sponsoring training for local community-based programs, health departments, managed care organizations, hospitals and others.
  • Collaborating with ethnic organizations, civic organizations and private providers to address training needs with respect to cultural competency.
  • Collaborating with State professional organizations to support continuing education courses, especially those on underserved and minority populations.
  • Developing trainings that take a multi-disciplinary approach and work with families and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Providing discipline-specific training such as trainings for child care providers and public health nurses.