About this Manual
Consideration and care were employed to ensure that this manual is not simply a duplication of existing work. A comprehensive literature and information search for program manuals, training guides and relevant materials was conducted to generate ideas on the substance and format of the Helping Babies, Healing Families: Program Manual and Training Guide.
The National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center (NSIDPSC) worked with the National SIDS and Infant Death Resource Center (NSIDRC), the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Project Infant Mortality Policy and Communication Tools (Project IMPACT) and several other programs and organizations to identify the materials and content contained in this guide. As much as possible, materials are referenced in the appropriate sections.
The content of this manual and training guide was guided by three key documents:
The objectives for the Healthy People 2010 initiative were developed through the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Public Health Service, health professionals and interested citizens.
The Public MCH Program Functions Framework: Essential Public Health Services To Promote Maternal and Child Health in America, prepared by Holly Ann Grason and Bernard Guyer, Johns Hopkins University Child and Adolescent Policy Center, for HRSA, MCHB, AMCHP, ASTHO, CityMatCH and NACCHO is a tool to assist State, local and Federal maternal and child health programs to better serve the health needs of women and children. The framework outlines the core public health functions related to maternal and child health. These functions have been specifically adapted to address sudden and unexplained infant death bereavement and risk reduction program services.
The National Cancer Institute’s Trainer’s Guide for Cancer Education (NIH Publication No. 02-5052, 2001) was adapted to provide trainers with the necessary skills, knowledge and materials to conduct effective trainings for multiple audiences on reducing the risk of sudden and unexplained infant death and how to cope with sudden and unexplained infant death.