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Partnerships & Collaborations

The Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

The mission of NICHD is to ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from reproductive processes and that all children have the chance to achieve their full potential for healthy and productive lives, free from disease or disability and to ensure the health, productivity, independence and well-being of all people through optimal rehabilitation. NICHD has been extensively involved with SIDS in several critical capacities including:

  • Strategic Research Plans. NICHD developed five-year strategic plans for SIDS research in 1989, 1995 and 2001 in conjunction with scientists and health care professionals and with advocacy groups, nonprofits and the public input. The last strategic plan, From Cells to Selves, which includes Targeting Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is available on their Web site.
  • Research Support. Web site includes information on research funding by NICHD; intramural research; epidemiology, statistics and prevention and research resources.
  • Back to Sleep Campaign. Sponsors the ongoing BTS campaign which educates about the importance of putting babies on their backs to sleep to help reduce the risk of SIDS. It provides health information, outreach activities and publications available for order or viewing online for parents, family members, child care providers, health professionals and all other caregivers of infants. This campaign is also sponsored by MCHB, the AAP, First Candle/SIDS Alliance and ASIP.

Communication Vehicles: Produces and provides professional and consumer educational materials on SIDS risk reduction. Materials include brochures, door hangers, fact sheets, the transcripts for the BTS radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs), transit public service announcements, Spanish language materials and African American-targeted materials. NICHD is currently working on materials for Native Americans. All publications are available on the Web site and are available for order in hard copy. All publications are free and in the public domain. You may not change the materials and must give proper attribution. Some publications are in Spanish. Staff attends national conferences to provide outreach to professionals and the public.

31 Center Drive, Building 31
Room 2A32
Bethesda, MD 20892
800-505-CRIB (2742)
888-320-6942 (TTY)
301-984-1473 (fax) (Use subject line: BACK TO SLEEP ORDER.)