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Title:Summary of unanswered questions regarding infant mortality during adult-infant bedsharing
Author(s):GORDON, RACHEL A.; Rowe, Hillary L.
Subject(s):family; bedsharing; infant; health; education; child; prevention; brainstorming
Abstract:On May 20 in Washington DC, IGPA will host a brainstorming meeting regarding unanswered questions in the prevention of infant mortality, particularly risks related to adult-infant bed sharing. Building on the 2013 Family Impact Seminar, Guarding All Children in Sleep: New Ideas for Reducing Disparities in Safe Sleep Practices, this innovative meeting aims to nurture research-practice-policy partnerships that can support safe infant sleep practices in Illinois and other states. At the 2013 Family Impact Seminar in Chicago, presenters demonstrated that despite a rapid decline in infant mortality in the U.S. in the 1990s, infant mortality rates plateaued in the 2000s. The U.S. still has higher rates of infant mortality than many other industrialized nations, and deaths attributed to accidental suffocation or unsafe sleep environments have been on the rise. Particularly concerning are persistent racial and ethnic disparities in SIDS. The SIDS death rate remains almost double for black babies in contrast to whites nationally. In Illinois, there is a near four-fold difference in the SIDS rate between black and white babies.
Issue Date:2015-01-14
Publisher:Institute of Government & Public Affairs
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-07-27

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