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Partnerships & Collaborations

The Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is one of the 13 major operating components of HHS. The CDC is at the forefront of public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities and environmental health threats. Today, the CDC is globally-recognized for conducting research and investigations and for its action-oriented approach. The CDC applies research and findings to improve people’s daily lives and responds to health emergencies.

SIDS-Related Activities:

The CDC is addressing one of the continuing challenges for SIDS researchers, as well as program managers of SIDS services: the lack of uniformity in medical examiners and coroners assigning manner and cause of death to infants. In 2002, the CDC began redesigning the 1996 guidelines for the death scene investigation of SUIDs—the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigation Report Form (SUIDIRF)—in order to improve and standardize the reporting and classification of SUIDs in the United States.

The main intent of the redesign is to improve public health practice. The SUIDIRF is a national SUID investigation form used by medical examiners, coroners, death investigators and police officers in various States, counties and local jurisdictions on a voluntary basis to gather information surrounding SUIDs. The CDC is also working to improve the dissemination of diagnostic information to medical examiners, coroners and others in the SUID/SIDS field.

The revised form will be available in 2005 along with appropriate training for those who will use the form to investigate SUIDs. The CDC is looking for State and local SIDS organizations to review, disseminate and publicize the revised SUIDIRF when it is published.


  • National Infant Immunization Week. The National Immunization Program (NIP) is a part of the CDC. As a disease-prevention program, NIP provides leadership for the planning, coordination and conduct of immunization activities nationwide. Partnering with State-level immunization programs can be a way to expand program reach. Many State programs have begun to link immunization programs to many other social and health service related programs such as Head Start and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutritional programs. The annual observance week emphasizes immunizing infants against 12 vaccine-preventable diseases by the age of two. More than 500 communities across the country are expected to participate in this important week by planning community awareness and media events to promote infant immunizations to parents, caregivers, providers and their communities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Medical Examiner and Coroner Information Sharing Program
4770 Buford Highway, N.E.
Mail Stop F 35
Atlanta, GA 30341-3724
770-488-7044 (fax)