by Rene D. Roberts, MPH, Caribbean Women’s Health Association, Inc. (CWHA)

On Tuesday, March 15th, through sponsorship by Healthy Start Brooklyn, Caribbean Women’s Health Association, Inc. hosted a Safe Sleep Event: In Awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) at Help USA in East New York, which had over 70+ people in attendance, including pregnant women, parents of newborns, as well as older children, grandparents, caregivers, and community health and social providers.

Anne Aly, CWHA’s Immigration Assistant and a child participant announcing the raffle prize winners.
Anne Aly, CWHA’s Immigration Assistant and one of the parent’s who won a prize.

Sleep-Related Infant Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

According to the New York State Department of Health, About, 1,200 NYS infants under one year of age die each year. Of those deaths, 7.5% are referred to as Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) due to unsafe sleep practices. On average, every year, one infant dies each week in New York City from a sleep-related injury related to the infants sleep position and their environment. That is, approximately 80% of all infant deaths in NYC are injury related, a number that has not changed significantly over the years. Brooklyn and the Bronx lead the other boroughs in these deaths.

Research into the causes of SIDS continues; however, safe sleep practices have reduced SIDS deaths by more than 50%.


Prize winners’ gifts

Attendees left with pack n’ plays and a goodie bag filled with fun treats.


Caribbean Women’s Health Association, Inc. (CWHA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 community-based organization located in East Flatbush Brooklyn. Founded in 1982, CWHA has provided essential social and supportive services to communities throughout New York City. CWHA’s programs include Women’s Health, Immigration, Medicaid/Health Insurance Enrollment, Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS and Teen Programs

For more information, visit here.

Healthy Start Brooklyn (HSB), Brooklyn District Public Health Office is a multi-year grant that seeks to reduce infant mortality, improve maternal and infant health outcomes, and reduce health disparities in Central Brooklyn neighborhoods that experience disproportionately higher rates of infant mortality than those of other NYC neighborhoods.

HSB supports the provision of services to at-risk pregnant, post-partum, and interconceptional women, and their infants and families, preconceptional women and men through outreach, case management, care coordination, and community-wide education and trainings in the following zip codes include: 11207, 11208, 11212, 11216, 11221, 11233 — Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and East New York.

For more information, visit here.

Caribbean Women's Health Association, Inc.

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